NY Court: Ride-Sharing App Lyft Must Meet Certain Requirements

The judge said Friday she'll issue a temporary restraining order barring Lyft from operating if it doesn't meet the conditions by July 25

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    FILE - In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Jerad Bernard hands out cards to passers-by offering one free ride through the Lyft ridesharing service in Seattle. Utah officials are warning smartphone users to check their insurance policies before tapping into ridesharing apps. The Utah Insurance Department says drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft, who use their own vehicles, should also consult whether they would be covered in an accident. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    A judge says the ride-sharing app Lyft has to meet certain requirements before operating in New York City.
     
    The Taxi and Limousine Commission, which previously blocked the app on the grounds that it failed to comply  with the city's safety and licensing criteria, must approve Lyft's app and dispatch operators.

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has also sued to block it from operating in the city.
     
    The judge said Friday she'll issue a temporary restraining order barring Lyft from operating if it doesn't meet the conditions by July 25.
     
    The Daily News reports company and state officials agreed Lyft could keep functioning in Rochester and Buffalo if it provided information on acceptable insurance carriers by the end of the business day on Friday.
     
    It then must prove that its drivers will have adequate coverage.
     
    A Lyft spokeswoman says the company has had productive discussions this week with New York City regulators and will complete the approval process to operate in the city as soon as possible.
     

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