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Lyft Will Stop Broward County Pick-Ups

Lyft phone app // Courtesy Lyft

 

Ride-hailing app Lyft is following in Uber’s footsteps and stopping operations in Broward County.

The company sent out an email to its drivers Thursday morning notifying them that Lyft will cease pick-ups in Broward as of 1 p.m. on July 31—the same day Uber will stop operating in the county.

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A Lyft representative said the company has communicated its concerns to the Broward County Commission since before the ordinance passed in April and has continued to do so.

“The ordinance passed by the Broward County Commission places unnecessarily burdensome requirements on drivers that make it nearly impossible for ridesharing to operate,” Lyft said in a statement. “Today, we are taking a stand to secure a long-term path forward that brings back ridesharing and the many opportunities it creates."

Lyft hopes the pause is only temporary, as the company wants to work with the County Commission to enact rules that work for the ride-hailing community. It is also circulating a Change.org petition to the Florida state government to approve statewide ride-sharing legislation.

In the meantime, Lyft has advised its drivers to generate income from pick-ups in Miami.