Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Drive at your own riskthat’s what the Metropolitian Taxicab Commission is telling would-be drivers for Lyft, the popular ride-sharing mobile app that plans to launch in St. Louis tonight.

Lyft connects people who need a ride with those who would like to make some extra cash giving one. Drivers attach a pink mustache to their car to let people know they’re working for Lyft.

The company says they’re not a cab company, so they don’t need a license.

Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Klein says that’s simply not true, remarking, “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck..”

“Those violations are indeed violations of the city/county ordinances, so there may very well be some police officers involved in it as well,” he says.

Klein says that people can be arrested, and it just depends on what happens as they receive the summons to appear in court, “but we don’t want to arrest anybody, okay?” he added.

Klein says the commission is negotiating with Lyft’s better known competitor, Uber, but has yet to hear at all from Lyft.

Lyft plans to launch in St. Louis at 7 p.m. tonight.

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