Miami-Dade County Is Now Impounding Lyft Vehicles

Categories: Road Rage

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Miami-Dade already has enough of a problem with "businesses" operating outside of or in the gray area of the law that when a venture capitalist-backed tech firm comes into town and tries to do it, they're just asking for trouble.

The county had earlier started fining app-based ride share Lyft's drivers more than $2,000 per ticket, but they're not playing around with ticketing anymore. The County has now impounded at least three vehicles operating through Lyft.

Lyft says it's a "peer-to-peer" ride sharing program that lets users hitch rides with authorized drivers for a "suggested donation." It started operating in the county over the Memorial Day weekend. Uber's similar service, UberX, officially rolled into town earlier this week.

But the county views the services as chauffeured car companies that are operating without proper licensing or within existing laws and regulations. So, according to the Miami Herald they impounded three Lyft vehicles during a sting operation on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signaled that he'd like to see ride-sharing programs come to Miami, but he can't just ignore current law. He sent a letter to a Lyft lobbyist earlier this week pointing out that the county had the power to impound vehicles running afoul of hired-car laws.

Of course, if you're companies like Uber and Lyft with lots of venture capitalist money behind you, you can write off fines and impound costs as just another business expense.

Clearly unwilling to wait for things to work their ways through the legal channels at a regular pace, they've chosen instead to start operating illegally with the hopes of putting pressure on the county to speed things along.

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AshleyWicht
AshleyWicht

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

vamp
vamp

The mayor is looking for his $hare.

mtyperson
mtyperson

Yesterday Miami got Uber. Why is this important? Because the reason you-we have bad trains and public transportation is the cab companies lobbied the city to prevent it. Behind their back, technology (which government can't stop, only catchup too) just screwed them for a huge portion of their business monopoly (they still have the guy that walks outside and gets a random cab). So this now prevents them from convincing the City that can can do better transportation than a public service. NOW IS THE TIME TO PUSH MORE MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE - Thank You Uber!

Mr. City, the cab companies ask you for protection of their service from public transportation (PT) because they would provide service that made public satisfied. As soon as Uber and Lyft entered the market it shows the public is NOT satisfied, ergo the cabs failed their implied contract with you by not satisfing the public with their service which was to include taxation revenues and registration fees. To recover this lost revenue you can chase an electronic dragon OR a more intelligent expense run the dragon out of the market AND develop revenue by providing better service with better trains and bus routes. Futher both Uber and PT will lower emissions throughout the city as they lower #s of cabs.

Michel Romeu
Michel Romeu

Kristen be careful what your new friends get you into......

YDelgado
YDelgado

How ironic that Miami was built on illegal money...

jdomar
jdomar

All the more reason for everyone to sign up for it. If the city actively enforced every law on its books, it would be broke within months and would never meet its budget. It's akin to speeding - cops won't pull you over for doing 1mph over the limit since that would be asinine. No public utility would be served and it would be a drain on resources. Similar situation here. Way to look really, really bad, Mr. Mayor. Looking for political bribes from Lyft??? You're a bully.

winterfuyu977
winterfuyu977

They make me want to vomit. Why is this such a big deal? Get with the new century.

Patrick Robert
Patrick Robert

Its a banana republic. Someone forgot to pay them off is all.

Nathalia Bogani
Nathalia Bogani

I didn't even know these services existed in 305 :( I'm from Peru and you can find this type of service and it works beautifully, and nobody is out to get them. Lima, Peru vs. Miami which city is more progressive hmmm

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Critical Mass should help arrange a drive through the terminal with pink mustaches on every car.

Henry Louis Gomez
Henry Louis Gomez

Glad they solved all the violent crimes so they can now pursue private individuals doing voluntary business with each other.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

What if I pull my thumb out while in the side of the road? Are you gonna impound my arm?

J Calleocho Sanchez
J Calleocho Sanchez

C'On its Miami. These services need to do what every Republican official wants, pay them under the table lile the taxi companies due. Thats what all the control is about. Just like red light cameras. If a.company is valued at 17 billion. All I hear the Miami Major saying is : SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Anything that means progress for this fucking city, it's always a no-no: 1-). West to FIU's-Doral and 27th avenue north metrorail lines?! NO. 2-). Better public transportation?! HELL NO! 3-). Better highway improvements?! Please... 4-). Capital Punisment for corrupt politicians, regardless of ethnicity?! "We ain't Muslims, this is 'Murica, u hippie queer!!"

Christine King
Christine King

I am using Lyft daily. Yesterday I waited 3 minutes for a ride that, when I try to cab it can take up to 7 calls and 45 mi utes for one to show IF they show at all. Using credit cards is always a hassle with cabs, you can't drag those guys kicking and screaming into this century. The cabbie massively expensive madallions are just another corrupt and ridiculous thing that does not serve anybody well and which makes it impossible for many to enter the cab world. I will continue to support this new transportation mode. Every ride has been amazing in super clean cars I have know exactly wehn and if a car is voming to get me and the rates are very competitive and similar to regular cabs. Miami cabbies only have themselves to blame if their business starts going down. They are also the shortsighted group that put an end to light rail a few years back.

Carlos Calderon
Carlos Calderon

You suck Miami-Dade officials. This might be better than the yellow cabs and the assholes that drive them

Jennifer Childs
Jennifer Childs

Steven James Spivey yep, 2-3 of my fellow drivers cars were impounded last night. I encourage everyone to go sign the petition, started by a Lyft rider, to help get things changed. I will continue to drive for Lyft. I really have a good time doing it & for me it is completely not about the money. Lyft is paying all fines AND getting the cars out of the impound lot. If a car ends up spending a day in the impound lot while they are trying to get it out they will rent you a car. Pretty stand up company if you ask me. They have fought this same battle in many cities & won. Same will happen here. Just takes time to buck the system. http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-carlos-a-gimenez-and-the-board-of-county-commissioners-please-bring-ridesharing-to-miami-dade-county?recruiter=106497075&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_mobile

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Hmmmm, Ok folks, let's STOP this discussion. It's pointless. Our opinions, while entirely respected, are besides the point at this moment. This whole issue is headed for the courts with a quickness. I'd expect the lawsuits within 10 days or less. I only wish I WAS representing UBER or LYFT. I believe they have a winner case.

Robert Quintana
Robert Quintana

I was this close to becoming a Lyft driver; but noooooo, the corrupt idiots of Miami-Dade have to come and shave off the pink moustache. This is the 21st century, it's time you idiots stepped into it!

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

I really love my hometown but our leaders can be so slow sometimes. It's time to force Miami taxis into the 21st century, even if it means dragging them kicking and screaming if necessary.

Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily

I was so bummed when I retired my pink mustache :( I simply just can't afford to get impounded and now I have to look for a new income. Thanks Dade county

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Until Cubans find a way to snatch taxis from the Haitians, and a loophole to profit from both uber & lyft, they won't stop.

Kathleen Pagan
Kathleen Pagan

Uber was just valued at $17 Billion... yup that number is correct... the protestation and sanctions by Miami-Dade's cab/limo industry will soon become irrelevant!

Alex Richter
Alex Richter

Many Times we try to get a cab for our customers....sometimes you have to wait for one hour...come one who has time for that?

Alex Richter
Alex Richter

There would be no need for Lyft or Uber if Miami cabs would do there job right, honestly Im embarrased

Greg Clark
Greg Clark

Boo. Another case of our banana republic government not doing as it's citizens wish.

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Hand out pink mustaches to everybody going to the airport. Drive them nuts.

Jc Rodriguez
Jc Rodriguez

This clearly violates human rights, as clearly imposed in this article. its a non profit organization of people who are willing to give a ride to citizens for a donation so where is this non profit org breaking the law? Please explain bunch of corrupted politicians !!!!

Thomas Druck
Thomas Druck

I see a big lawsuit coming up. Miami, get your priorities straight.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

And Lyft and Uber are thriving in our great city of Nashville....... pays to be progressive.

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