St. Louis Judge Halts Lyft Ride Service

Ride-sharing service Lyft is scheduled for its St. Louis launch on Friday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Ride-sharing service Lyft was given a court order to shut down in the St. Louis area. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

A judge ordered Lyft shut down in St. Louis and the surrounding county, three days after the start of the service that uses a smartphone app to connect drivers with passengers and threatened to disrupt the city’s taxi market.

For the first time, cars outfitted with pink mustaches on their grilles competed against licensed cabdrivers for customers, an event that unleashed a spirited debate on social media and sent officials running to the courthouse.

The temporary order forbids Lyft and its drivers from doing business in the metro area and orders Lyft to disable its mobile application in the city and county.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal

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