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Need A Lyft? Some Say Yes, The State Says No


A new taxi-like driving service is causing controversy across the state. It's called Lyft and the service works through an app that can be downloaded on a smart phone.

The company launched it's service Thursday night in Lincoln and Omaha at 7:00 p.m. even though the Nebraska Public Service Commission sent the company a cease and desist request.

The first Lyft driver on the road in Omaha a woman named Sarah.

"We were pretty excited," she said at their launch party. "I was actually just standing there talking to people, and I was oh you guys I got a lift already, so got to go."

Guess who got to be her first fare for the night? WOWT 6 News Erin Murray and her photographer Wayne Martino.

"It said that Erin wanted a ride and I went to my app and I accepted it. I had to do it pretty quick," said Sarah.

The launch of Lyft is causing a stir across the state, many in Omaha are excited to see the businesses' iconic pink mustaches, but the state said Lyft isn't playing by the rules.

"It's fine if they come in here and they get the authority and they follow the law. But we cannot turn a blind eye toward a company that is here and it does not have the proper credentials in order to work here," said Anne Boyle, Nebraska Public Service Commission.

Many parts of Lyft's business bother the state but the three big areas that are raising concern are car inspections, insurance and background checks on the drivers.

Lyft seemingly ignored these requests and launched anyways. Because of this Boyle said there will be consequences.

Lyft plans to operate the first two weeks for free and as long as no money is exchanged, police said no tickets will be issued. But at the end of the two weeks, Boyle said they will be ticketing and impounding the drivers cars.

Sarah didn't seem worried.

"I think they are expecting it to be a pretty busy weekend," she said.

She was just happy to be driving and hoping soon that she can get her pink mustache to stay on the front of her car.


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