Lyft co-founder John Zimmer issued a statement on Lyft’s blog insinuating that this postponement was a voluntary decision by Lyft , tweeting: “@JohnZimmer: Today we agreed to continue working hard with TLC on Monday to bring Lyft to the Big Apple: http://t.co/k1t7tFxTFx”
The NYC attorney general’s chief of staff, Micah Lasher, was not pleased and responded by calling Zimmer “personally dishonest” on Twitter.
Attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman and Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky released a joint statement asserting:
“Lyft’s arguments are a disingenuous attempt to disguise old-fashioned law-breaking that jeopardizes public safety. We are pro-innovation and pro-competition, but allowing Lyft to flout dozens of different laws would, in addition to putting the safety of New Yorkers at risk, put law-abiding competitors at a substantial disadvantage -- and discourage innovators from innovating in a place where the regulatory environment is unevenly applied.”
Lyft and the New York attorney general were expected to return to court today to address the issues regarding the company’s illegal operations in Buffalo, Rochester and New York City.
If both Lyft and Uber can agree to operate by the laws of New York, why have the companies been defiant and unwilling to abide by the regulations of other city and states?