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Lyft, Peer-to-Peer Ride-Sharing App, to Launch in Miami Thursday

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Uber's plans to enter the Miami market have stalled, but a similar yet distinct ride-sharing app-based service called Lyft will give it a try anyway. The company operates a "peer-to-peer ride sharing" program that allows users to get rides from approved drivers operating their personal vehicles in exchange for money.

Lyft's business in Miami will operate on a suggested donation model. Reps for the company say they don't believe the service will break any of Miami-Dade County's chauffeured driver laws, but exMiami points out they have hired registered county lobbyists.

See also: Why Taxi Drivers Don't Want Uber in Miami

Lyft will officially launch at 7 p.m. Thursday. The service will operate on donations, with the suggested rates as follows: $1.68 for a pick-up fee, $1.92 per mile, and 28 cents per minute while the car is stopped in traffic. Users will be able to pay more or less depending upon the service. All payment is handled through credit card via the app. Cab rates in Miami, by contrast, are $2.50 for the first sixth of a mile, 40 cents for each additional sixth of a mile, and 40 cents for each minute of wait time, with a $1 fuel surcharge still in place.

The service will operate in most of Miami-Dade County, from the northern county line down to and including Homestead, although more remote southern and southwestern parts of the county are not covered.

The company has chosen an interesting week to launch. Police checkpoints and a traffic loop will be in effect in South Beach for Memorial Day weekend, but spokesperson Paige Thelen says the company isn't worried.

"We're actually really excited about giving people the option while they're out celebrating their weekend," she says.

Lyft drivers, by the way, might include part-time workers hoping to make extra cash, but the guidelines to be accepted as a Lyft driver are stringent. All drivers must pass DMV and background checks. They also must be 23 or older, have no more than two moving violations, and no major violations in the past three years. Drivers who have had "extreme infractions," such as hit-and-runs or felonies involving a vehicle, or those with DUI or drug-related violations will not be accepted. Lyft also provides $1 million liability insurance coverage on top of the driver's personal insurance.

Despite similar regulations that have prevented Uber from entering the Tampa Bay market, Lyft began operating there in April. However, the Hillsborough Transportation Commission has begun ticketing Lyft drivers in that area.

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seanmcgowan1
seanmcgowan1

About the person who is trying to scare you about insurance, he's a taxi driver..he's old news and monopolies fall...If you are like Ca. your taxis don't show up on time, are ex police cars, they aren't clean, your driver has a bad attitude, asks where you are going before letting you in the car, talks on his bluetooth the whole ride, won't take credit cards and on and on...Lyft is refreshing, just try it once and you will be hooked...Now about the insurance, let's use facts shall we? Go to https://www.lyft.com/drive/faq?article=1229170 for a complete run down on the insurance coverages Lyft provides for the riders and the drivers.  What the fellow doesn't say below is we carry more insurance than they do and most times Taxis companies are self insured so if an award comes down, they go BK..Ours is by large well funded Insurance Company. 


Bottom line: Lyft is convenient, fun and safe, period!

seanmcgowan1
seanmcgowan1

 I drive for Lyft in Calfornia and love it!  Very happy that Miami residents will now have access to the most affordable, clean, safe and fun rides around.  Use this link to download the app on your phone and you will get free credits.  (to be totally honest, I will get a small referral fee from Lyft) here it is: https://www.lyft.com/invited/sean1615

danielleboyd3
danielleboyd3

Lyft is offering new users in Miami 50 free rides for two weeks with the promo code "2WEEKSFREE" 


Just download the Lyft app and enter the coupon code in the Payments section

shel.miller
shel.miller

Be careful with these services, You pretty much sign away your right to sue them when you join, And their 'insurance' puts the driver's personal insurance first.  Good luck collecting if you get into a wreck.  Personal auto insurance does not cover commercial driving, which this is.

Lyftspiration
Lyftspiration

After downloading the app, in addition to pioneer rides, you can enter ISAIAH777 as a promo code in the payment section and receive an extra $25 credit towards a future ride.  www.lyft.com/invited/isaiah777

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