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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: June 25, 2014 04:08 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co Sponsorship: Regulating Ridesharing in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend current regulations to allow Transportation Network Services like Lyft and Uber to operate legally in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission would be charged with overseeing operations.

Transportation Network Services, also known as “ridesharing,” enlists drivers to use their personal vehicles to offer services similar to taxis. Drivers and riders are connected only via smartphone apps and then drivers are reimbursed for these services with a “suggested donation” from passengers. Lyft and Uber are currently operating in dozens of cities across the United States as well as several other countries.

More recently, ridesharing services in the Pittsburgh region have been slapped with fines totaling nearly $200,000.00 because these drivers cannot operate without a Certificate of Public Convenience. My legislation would provide for the proper permit as well as address other concerns including the appropriate insurance coverage so that Pennsylvania residents and visitors have another transportation option that is safe, reliable and affordable.

I hope you will consider joining me by co sponsoring this legislation. If you have additional questions about this bill, please contact Brittany Bartkus at bbartkus@pasenate.com.

Introduced as SB1457