Kinder testifies in favor of ride-sharing service

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is backing a ride-sharing service in its bid to convince the St. Louis taxi commission not to block the nascent business.

Lyft is a smartphone app-based service that allows users to look for members who offer rides. The front grilles of Lyft cars are decorated with distinctive pink mustaches.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1oaRhGO ) reports that Kinder urged the city’s Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Monday to drop its efforts to regulate Lyft as if it is a taxi service. Kinder said the taxi commission’s efforts are preventing an innovative business from entering the St. Louis market.

Within days of its St. Louis debut, a city judge ordered Lyft last month to disable its app locally.