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Ride-sharing services create convenience, concern

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed some unusual-looking cars around town. These cars with the pink, fuzzy mustaches are Lyft cars. People sign up to offer rides in their cars to others who connect with them through Lyft's system. Michelle Delbridge is one of the people behind those pink mustaches. WKYT took a ride with her today.

"I absolutely love it," Delbridge said.

Lyft has been operating in Lexington since April. Michelle says she's given more than 300 rides. Lyft markets itself as a peer-to-peer ride-sharing business, not a taxi service. They say they simply connect people looking for rides with those offering rides. Taxi operators, though, are upset.

"We can't compete against them if they're allowed to offer the same service we do with tens of thousands dollars of lesson overhead," said Don Daugherty, general manager of Bluegrass Cab.

"This is $100, this is $120," Daugherty said as he pointed out the permit stickers on his cab.

As a cab operator, he has to get permits through the city. With all the cars his company operates, he said those permit fees add up quickly.

"All that adds up to be about $25,000 to $30,000 a year," Daugherty said.

The LFUCG public safety commission is meeting in September to discuss services like Lyft. Councilmembers say they have some questions.

"I think it's liability and background," said Lexington city councilmember Jennifer Mossotti.

Lyft spokespeople say they do background checks on each person who signs up to drive. They also say they provide $1,000,000 in insurance coverage to drivers and require their cars to pass an initial inspection. You'll be seeing those pink mustaches on the streets of Lexington for now while city leaders work to find out if anything needs to change.

"We have to have the ability to provide our constituents with a safe ride and a safe atmosphere so there's going to be a lot of discussion about that in September," Mossotti said.


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