Uber may soon have competition in South Carolina.
State regulators gave the go-ahead to the transportation network app last year after legislators changed South Carolina law to allow its drivers to pick up customers through a phone app with fewer regulations than traditional taxi companies. Now, it could be a joined by a second ridesharing service.
Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) officials confirmed Tuesday that Lyft had become the second firm to receive a transportation network company permit. The San Francisco-based ride service is easily recognized in other cities by a pink mustache light that its contracted drivers place on their dashboards.
The Charleston Post & Courier first reported the permit.
A spokeswoman for Lyft confirmed the company had received its permit from ORS and had plans for Charleston, but said a formal announcement would come at a later date. “We’ve received a state permit to operate in South Carolina, and are looking into bringing Lyft to Charleston very soon,” Mary Caroline Pruitt said in an email.
Lyft already operates in specific cities across the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham metropolitan areas in North Carolina; and in the Atlanta and Savannah markets in Georgia.