Lyft, the car-sharing business vying with Uber Technologies for customers hailing rides with smartphones, agreed to further delay its start in New York City, thwarting city and state officials' bid for a restraining order against the company.

A state court judge Monday didn't issue the order as requested by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after Lyft's lawyers said the service won't start until the 'i's are dotted and 't's are crossed.''

"I'm extending what is essentially a status quo," Justice Kathryn Freed in Manhattan said at the conclusion of Monday's hearing.

San Francisco-based Lyft hasn't complied with state and local regulations, including insurance laws, state officials argued in a complaint filed July 11. Lyft filed its own suit against the officials, seeking to block a subpoena for operational documents.

Lyft doesn't require drivers to hold commercial licenses, conduct vehicle safety inspections or take defensive-driving courses, the state officials claimed. The company also doesn't conduct drug tests on drivers, state officials said.

Lyft has a "shoot first, ask questions later, attitude," Jane Azia, chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection, said at Monday's hearing.

The attorney general is engaging in a "smear campaign to shut down this business before it even starts operating" in New York City, Martin Jackson, a lawyer for Lyft, told the judge.

Lyft has agreed to use only licensed drivers and vehicles, the way the taxi licensing commission and the city should want, said Alan Sclar, another of Lyft's lawyers.

Lyft said on July 9 that it would start offering services in New York with 500 drivers, bringing more competition to Uber, which was valued at $17 billion in its latest financing round. Lyft started operating in two other New York cities, Buffalo and Rochester, on April 24, without approval or authorization, according to the state's complaint.

The complaint was also filed by the office of Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services whose office regulates insurers in the state.