Mayor James responds to Lyft controversy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ride-sharing program Lyft says it teamed up with MetLife to offer insurance.

On Monday, we reported there were concerns about whether you would be covered if you were a rider. Now, this insurance would cover both drivers and passengers.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sly James weighed in. The city says Lyft is operating illegally because drivers and the company didn't fill out the proper permits.

He blogged, saying city staff members have been working with ride-sharing companies to bring new technology and new services to our community for months. But he also said, “The city will not allow any firm to waltz into town with a business model that does not ensure public safety without taking measures to keep riders safe.”

The mayor also said the city is working with a similar program called Z-Trip that is already operating and ride-sharing program Uber may also come here.

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