There are a number of cars in Omaha and Lincoln sporting a bright pink mustache. These cars are part of the ride share service Lyft. Passengers sign up on Facebook and then download an app where they can request rides, see what drivers are in their area and check their background. Drivers do go through a background check and drug and alcohol testing. They also have to complete the Lyft training program and have their vehicles inspected. Drivers can also rate passengers to eliminate those who are rude or disrespectful.
For two weeks all rides are at no charge as Lyft makes a trial run in the two cities but typically rides are 30% less expensive than a cab. If it sounds too good to be true it likely is. Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Anne Boyle says their big issue is insurance. She says to protect the public the insurance has to be of a higher standard. She says several states have had problems with similar services. Boyle says public safety is their main concern.
Boyle says they will have to look at state statute and enforce the laws that are on the books. The commission doesn’t make the laws but follows those made by the Legislature.