Los Angeles Won’t Share with Ride-Sharers Lyft and Uber

City of L.A. Takes Away Ride-Sharing Toys

Earlier this year, ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber hashed out some details with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), allowing them to operate in the state of California.

But, just yesterday (six months after California approval), the city of Los Angeles isn’t playing. As Matt Novak points out, Los Angeles has been banning ride-sharing since back in the days of the jitney — nearly 100 years ago — so they sure aren’t going to stop now.

The City of Los Angles cited Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 71.00 in their cease-and-desist letter. Paradoxically, this is this same section that Uber claims grants the California PUC the authority to govern Uber’s drivers.

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Both Uber and Lyft both shaved in Los Angeles. Photo by Steve Rhodes, used with a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

What is this Ride-Sharing Thing, Anyway?

If you want to know what this ride-sharing thing is all about, Buzzfeed’s Justine Sharrocker has a fantastic article about the new ride-share economy, detailing what it’s like to be a driver for Lyft.

My favorite part is the bit about “mustache maintenance” (all Lyft Cars are supposed to be bedazzled with a gaudy furry pink mustache).

Car with pink mustache on the highway.
This is how to spot a Lyft car.


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