Lyft is a smartphone application that connects those in need of transportation with drivers based on proximity. Drivers use their personal vehicles and the service is commonly referred to as "peer to peer" transportation. Unlike taxis, Lyft rides do not charge set fares but instead receive "donations" upon arrival from passengers. Costs are generally stated to be less expensive than cab rides but can also come at an escalated price dependent upon travel hour and vehicle type. The distinctive identifier of a Lyft vehicle in operation is a pink mustache on the outside of the vehicle.
Lyft Supporters say:
· Those who criticize Lyft only do so to preserve the status quo.
· It creates an alternative transportation option other than overpriced taxi services.
· St. Louis officials are resisting inevitable changes to the on-call transportation industry
· Lyft is a great way to leverage technology to connect individuals.
Lyft criticizers say:
· The service harms job stability for local taxi drivers.
· Lyft is discriminatory against lower income individuals as it is only accessible through smart phone technology.
· The rides have little to no capabilities for servicing individuals with disabilities and are often well known for not servicing lower income neighborhoods in each city.
· Through accepting terms and conditions after installing the application, individuals waive their right to liability claims.
· Drivers are often criticized for operating with their current insurance policies that are void when the vehicle is utilized for commercial use.
Andy gives recommendation for utilizing services such as Lyft and Uber in terms of personal rights and safety.