Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Lyft comes to Canada, first expansion outside the US

Competition coming for Uber as Lyft expands to Toronto Lyft's first market outside the US will be Canada with a December launch in Toronto
Juana Turner | 14 November, 2017, 00:46

After operating exclusively in the USA for the first five years of its existence, Lyft Inc. looks to launch an worldwide expansion.

Lyft says 50,000 people in greater Toronto already have downloaded its app. The news follows an earlier report that Lyft was poised to grab a third of the ride-hailing market in the U.S. in the latest sign that the company was continuing to profit off Uber's stumbles earlier in the year. Several thousand drivers indicated an interest through Lyft's USA website before recruiting started Monday, he added.

Lyft has been around since 2012, but up until now, has only been available in the US. Potential drivers must also pass DMV and background checks, both of which are free and conducted online.

Previously, Lyft operated internationally through partnerships with local ride-sharing companies, like Grab in Southeast Asia and Didi in China. The company is appealing London's decision to pull its license after the city's transport authority said Uber was not "fit and proper" to operate there. For example, Quebec wants drivers to complete 35 hours of training, which Uber said was not feasible for many of its drivers who have other jobs and only drive for the service part-time. But Lyft won't say which city is next.

The ride-hailing startup announced in a blog post today that it will start serving passengers in Toronto next month.

The city is four months late in reporting back on the first year of new ride-hailing rules introduced by Toronto city council.

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