Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder took the stand in St. Louis Circuit Court, where Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission continue to squabble over whether Lyft should be able to do business in the city and county. A similar dispute over the peer-to-peer ride sharing service is taking place in Kansas City. Kinder likened the Taxicab Commission, and its actions against Lyft to the villainous Empire from Star Wars. Lyft opened for business in St. Louis in mid-April. Just a few days later, it was handed a temporary restraining order prohibiting it from doing business in the city and county. Kinder, called to the stand in support of Lyft, said the MTC’s actions against Lyft were extreme and unprecedented.
A manager of government relations for Lyft, based out of San Francisco, spent roughly four hours stressing that Lyft was not a taxi service and did not fall under the MTC’s jurisdiction.