ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens chose a Lyft car in a Taco Bell parking lot to ceremonially sign a copy of a bill that could help ride-hailing companies expand in Missouri.
In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, Greitens orders a steak Chalupa while getting a ride from a Lyft driver. He then signs a copy of a bill to create statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
Greitens says in the video that the legislation might be the first ever signed in a Lyft car with a Chalupa. But spokesman Parker Briden said the official copy was signed earlier Monday during an event at St. Charles Community College.
Uber and Lyft say the law will allow them to expand throughout the state.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
The long-fought turf war between taxicabs and ride sharing apps Uber and Lyft all comes down to a pen stroke today from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
The governor says the new law supersedes any local taxicab rules that have kept the apps out.
“What this bill is going to do is create a statewide standard so that Uber and Lyft can have permission to operate throughout the state of Missouri, and if there are specials interests or lobbyists that oppose that, we’re taking them on,” he says.
The local taxicab commission issued a statement that does not include any threat to challenge the law in court.
Taxicab Commission Chairman Tom Reeves says, “Over the next several weeks, we’ll begin working with stakeholders to ensure that passengers using locally-regulated vehicles-for-hire enjoy the highest levels of security and reliability, and that the taxi industry remains a competitive employer of thousands of St. Louisans.”
This new law also allows Uber and its competitors to pick up passengers at the airport, so long as they have the proper permits.
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