ST. LOUIS – After asserting that the original order to stop offering rides via its smart phone app was a violation of its constitutional rights, the ride service company Lyft appeared in St. Louis Circuit Court Tuesday to fight that order.
Judge David Dowd kept the temporary restraining order sought by the Metropolitan Taxi Commission to keep Lyft from operating in St. Louis in place until a hearing on the matter scheduled for May 6.
Lyft offers rides to would be passengers via its app of the same name. It pairs passengers with what the company says are insured and background checked drivers, using their personal cars and rated by previous customers through the app.
After Lyft's Good Friday launch in St. Louis, the MTC asked for a restraining order on the grounds that neither Lyft drivers nor their cars are licensed through the commission. The agency says "safety" is its main concern.
When the restraining order was granted police pulled over and ticketed three Lyft drivers for operating without the proper licenses. According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police one of the drivers issued a summons was previously arrested in St. Louis for an outstanding felony warrant, but a spokesperson for the department says no arrest were made this weekend in connection with Lyft.
After Tuesday's ruling a Lyft attorney said the company will advise its drivers to follow the court's order, but Lyft has yet to say whether it will shut down service on its app in St. Louis.