Lyft one step closer to operating in Shreveport

Lyft one step closer to operating in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Lyft could soon be able to operate in Shreveport.

William Bradford, the Shreveport City Attorney, confirmed the ride-sharing service applied on Friday, October 6 to operate in the city.

On Tuesday, Bradford said before Lyft can begin operations their application needs to be approved by the Vehicle for Hire Division of the Shreveport Police Department.

Bradford went on to say this is typically a short process. It should only take a day or two.

The SPD received the application on Monday, October 9.

The move comes after City Council members removed a liability clause from the city's regulations. They got rid of the hold-harmless clause last month.

Hold-harmless is an agreement that requires a company to absolve the city of any liability if the company or one of its employees causes harm to another.

Chelsea Harrison, Lyft's Senior Policy Communications Manager released the following update:

Thanks for reaching out. We have applied for our permit to operate and hope to launch in the city soon. I'll let you know as soon as we have more information to share.

Lyft officials are not the only ones excited Lyft is coming to Shreveport. Many people who were in downtown Shreveport Tuesday afternoon told KSLA News 12 that they have used ride-sharing services in other cities across the country and would definitely use them here.

"Absolutely, I have used ride share programs pretty much all over the country and I would absolutely use it here," said Brandon Beard. "Business meetings, I would also use it during the weekend for parties or functions where I would consume some alcohol and didn't want to take any chances," he said.

Denise Tolber said she would use it if she needed a ride to work or if she was going to a social event that was going to be crowded.

Even though no one was against Lyft from coming from Shreveport, a few said they do not think they will use their service.

"I love Lyft as a model and Uber as an idea. I have never used a taxi here. Personally, I don't have a problem with it, but I just probably won't use it," said Erik Rasmussen.

One former Shreveport city official said they download Lyft's app as soon as we broke the story the ride-sharing company applied to operate in the city.

Anyone who downloads their app will be able to see the following message:

The link "Earn money driving" will take you directly to the Lyft Driver app.

KSLA News 12 reached out to Lyft to see if they are hiring drivers, but officials have not responded yet.

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