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Jack Q July 11, 2014 at 03:13 PM
As it turned out, the Republicans were right about the flawed roll out on Obamacare, weren't they? Read MoreHow about calling out the President on the illegal immigrants pouring over the border and being flown across the country on the taxpayers dime. Or hasn't that story hit MSNBC yet?
stewart resmer July 10, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Car hailing app Uber says the city better come down hard on its unlicensed competitor Lyft - orRead Moreelse they too will buck city rules and launch an unlicensed fleet of cars. Up until now, Uber has agreed to follow Taxi and Limousine Commission rules - getting their drivers taxi licenses and forming livery bases, and submitting to required background checks, drug tests, and inspections. But Lyft, a prime Uber competitor, announced plans to launch Friday without permission from the TLC - arguing that as a “ride sharing” service, they don’t run taxis and don’t have to be regulated as such. Now, Uber officials say they’ll follow suit unless they see aggressive enforcement against Lyft cars. "All of Uber’s current transportation options meet TLC requirements for licensing, insurance and driver screening. Due to TLC regulations Uber does not currently have a ridesharing platform in New York,” said spokesman Lane Kasselman. “If regulators embrace ridesharing with a relaxed approach to licensing and enforcement with other companies, Uber will be excited to launch our ridesharing platform soon in the state of New York." Running a licensed car service is generally more expensive than operating outside city regulations, putting Lyft at an advantage if it can keep its cars on the street despite official opposition. Uber officials say they’re keeping a close eye on how the TLC handles Lyft and want to see cars seized, not just ticketed. The TLC has already threatened a crackdown on Lyft, which plans to start operating at 7 p.m. Friday in Brooklyn and Queens. “Unsuspecting drivers who sign-up with Lyft are at risk of losing their vehicles to TLC enforcement action, as well as being subject to fines of up to $2,000 upon conviction for unlicensed activity,” the agency wrote in a notice distributed to drivers Wednesday, also urging the public not to take rides in unlicensed cars. Lyft says it has ample safety protections that do not require operating within the TLC’s licensing regime. Update: Lyft spokeswoman Erin Simpson said the company "will offer a new and much needed transportation option for New Yorkers." "Where we differ with the TLC is that we do not believe its licensing and base station rules apply to the Lyft ridesharing model. It's important to clarify that our differences of opinion are not about safety standards, and that's because we put safety first," she said. NYDaily News Blog
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