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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2015 11:12 AM
From: Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle
To: All Senate members
Subject: Transportation Network Companies
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation regarding Transportation Network Companies (TNC). A TNC is a company that uses a digital network to connect passengers with the company's drivers in order to provide transportation. You may have read or seen newspaper reports of TNCs with the appearance of Uber and Lyft in the Commonwealth. These digital platforms are being used by other PUC regulated common carriers as well.

My legislation would protect the consumer while promoting this new and innovative industry. Under my legislation the TNC would be required to:
- Obtain commercial liability insurance as primary coverage, rather than a secondary umbrella policy,
- Obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience,
- Obtain and file with the PUC criminal background checks on the network drivers,
- Obtain a special tag from PennDOT to provide easy identification for the passenger,
- Exempt service in a city of the First Class as the Philadelphia Parking Authority has separate jurisdiction.

By establishing certain minimal restrictions on TNCs the consumer will be adequately protected in the event of a traffic mishap; from unscrupulous drivers; or placing themselves in imminent danger due to an improperly inspected vehicle.

Please consider co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have questions, contact Alex in my office at acharlton@pasen.gov,

Introduced as SB763