Lyft – A ridesharing service launched in San Angelo is linking drivers and passengers through their smartphones. But the service is now being regulated with the state instead of the city.
Gov. Greg Abbot signed legislation – giving regulatory oversight to the State and preventing local authorities from doing so.
In response the City of San Angelo issued a “guidance” for Lyft drivers to follow.
San Angelo Police Officer Tracy Gonzalez says it’s a way to ensure passengers are protected.
"It’s a way for the department and the city as a whole to make sure that we have taxi drivers or transportation providers that are safe” Gonzalez said.
Lyft drivers in San Angelo will no longer be required to apply for a City permit thanks to a law passed by governor.
"They no longer have to pay that small fee on a municipal level with that said they are still bound to ad hear to the Texas transportation code laws” Gonzalez said.
Now the restrictions have eased—SAPD has a fewer warnings for passengers.
"Because we are no longer doing the vetting for these drivers and providing background checks and driver licenses, and driving history checks, you don't necessarily know who you are getting in the car with” Gonzalez said.
Concerns on both ends will rise and if you as the consumer or driver feel threatened or see any inadequate activity--- SAPD says give them a call.