Here we go again:
"Suggested donation." Once again, old guard establishment interests run headlong into the iPhone. New York says this is about public safety, but whom are they kidding? This is about what it always is about: money and turf.Lyft, a 2-year-old app launched by a San Francisco-based startup, says it has recruited more than 500 drivers to use their own cars to carry passengers in Brooklyn and Queens starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
The company's planned debut comes without the approval of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, which regulates yellow and green cabs, and livery and black car services.
Lyft says it is filling a gap by allowing car owners to drive others needing rides in exchange for a "suggested donation" and shouldn't be subject to the regulations of New York City's for-hire vehicle industry.
Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators - WSJ