Is the Sturgis Rally going to have Lyft and Uber this year?
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Getting a ride to Sturgis using Lyft and Uber is no problem, but trying to get home from inside Sturgis’s city limits. That’s when driver Laurie Schlecht says the problem arises.
“A geofence is basically an area that is blocked off from getting those requests or the passengers being able to make a request out of that area,” says Schlecht.
In the city of Sturgis, a license is necessary to operate.
That license costs 200 hundred dollar per vehicle and caps at one thousand dollars.
Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says that they don’t know yet if Lyft and Uber will be there.
“Lyft and Uber so far as a company not paid that fee and so that means if you are a private individual or private operator of Lyft or Uber, you’d still are more than welcome to apply,” says Ainslie.
Schlecht says it’s because rideshare services and taxis are grouped together under the ordinance.
But there is a difference, a rideshare driver is an independent contractor who uses their own car and taxis drivers are employees who use company vehicles.
“The way it is worded has us grouped with taxis and so without making a difference between taxis and rideshare drivers, that’s the reason why Lyft and Uber aren’t going to want to pay for their drivers to have those permits,” says Schlecht.
And if a rideshare driver does go out and get a permit, they still can’t use the app. That geofence is still in play plus the drivers are at risk from being dropped by their company.
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