Relaxed regulations to let Lyft return to KC after contentious absence

Lyft, the ride-hailing company that is the chief competitor to Uber, can return to Kansas City in 10 days under new, relaxed regulations the Kansas City Council approved Thursday.

The council voted 9–2 to adjust its vehicle-for-hire rules to comply with a new state law that was looser than existing Kansas City regulations. But the council agreed to adopt the state rules as of July 23, a full month before the state law takes effect.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Councilman Dan Fowler were the two dissenters. James said he didn’t like having the state of Missouri preempt city law, and certainly didn’t want to adjust the city’s rules before the state law even becomes official.

Supporters of the new rules said removing roadblocks for ride-sharing companies is the wave of the future, is happening all over the country, and will open up more job opportunities for drivers and more transportation alternatives for people who don’t have cars or want to drive less.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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