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Rideshare vs. taxi: the war flares up in the Big Apple

A Lyft car drives next to a taxi on June 12, 2014 in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe battle between ride-sharing and traditional taxi service is heating up in New York, with a new rival for ride-seekers declared illegal even before launching. Lyft, a ride-sharing service that operates in 60 US cities and competes with the likes of Uber, announced plans to launch Friday in the city boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, claiming these communities are “vastly underserved” by existing transport options. The municipal agency said in a statement that Lyft “is unauthorized in New York City” and has failed to comply with safety and licensing requirements.

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