Chamber Of Commerce Looks To Help Lyft Stay In Omaha

OMAHA The Omaha Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to the Nebraska Public Service Commission to defend Lyft. The move comes after Lyft ignored a cease and desist request from the Nebraska Service Commission and launched it's service in Omaha and Lincoln.

In a letter obtained by WOWT 6 News Omaha Chamber President David Brown wrote that new business models can conflict with established regulations adding, "we also believe that when opportunities emerge, a way can be found to make them work."

The letter also requests that the Nebraska Service Commission work with the Chamber to find a proactive solution, even offering assistance in the matter.

Lyft is a taxi-like service that allows it's users to request a car ride by using their free smartphone app. The company has become easy to spot because their drivers use cars with bright pink mustaches on the front hood of their cars.

Questions about Lyft haven't been as amusing as the cars look. The Nebraska Service Commission has raise three main concerns over whether the company met Nebraska's standards for car inspections, insurance and background checks on drivers.

Last month Anne Boyle, a member of the Nebraska Service Commission, told WOWT 6 News that there would be consequences after Lyft launched despite warnings.

"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 Boyle.


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