“Ridesharing” could be banned in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – City lawmakers have taken the first steps to ban “ridesharing” companies from Buffalo.

RELATED | Call 4 Action recently examined one of these companies, Lyft, and how their operation works. Learn more here

North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek requested the city’s Law Department send a “cease and desist” letter to the nation’s three major ridesharing companies, banning them from operating within the city limits until they comply with state and local “driver for hire” laws, and insurance requirements.

The letter is being addressed to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar–all are based in San Francisco, California–but Lyft is the only one of the three that is now operating in the Greater Buffalo area.

A Lyft spokesperson responded to our “cease and desist” report with a brief written statement: “We have begun positive discussions with the city of Buffalo. We look forward to working with local leaders on a permanent solution for ridesharing that prioritizes public safety without limiting consumer choice and innovation in Buffalo.”

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