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Miami area officials target illegal car services

June 7, 2014
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Miami area officials are cracking down on a new illegal car service. The county says it impounded three vehicles in a sting operation.

The San Francisco-based Lyft began offering rides through its smartphone app two weeks ago. The Miami Herald reports one driver lost his car during his first Lyft trip Wednesday night ( Juan Arango said he picked up a rider who turned out to be an undercover Miami-Dade County code officer. He said he didn't realize Lyft was illegal in the county.

Taxicab and limousine owners are pressuring the county to take action against the new competition, especially after rival UberX launched a similar service this week.

Previously, the county fined Lyft drivers who lacked the proper vehicle for hire license, but that seemed to have little effect.


Information from: The Miami Herald,



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