Judges Order Ridesharing Firms Uber, Lyft to Halt Operations in Pittsburgh

July 3, 2014

Two administrative law judges have agreed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to force two ride-share companies to stop operating in Pittsburgh.

The judges issued their rulings Tuesday, five days after PUC attorneys argued that Lyft and Uber are violating state rules that govern paid transportation services.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles.

Although the judges agreed the technology used to dispatch the vehicles was innovative, they said both companies were still illegally offering public transportation in private vehicles.

The companies plan to contest the emergency orders against them. The PUC has been threatening both companies with fines if they keep operating without first being regulated like taxi services.

Both companies have permit applications pending with the PUC.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 11:07 am
    Hmmmm says:
    I don't know what Uber was telling drivers in other states, but from the news reports that I have watched, Uber was telling drivers that the "ride share" exception to the excl... read more
  • July 7, 2014 at 9:16 am
    nuf sed says:
    I think that their model was predicated on the assumption that their PAP would respond-not sure though if they thought that insurers would just broaden their policies or if th... read more
  • July 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    Agent2 says:
    and what about the exclusion in the PAP about passengers for a fee? Does Uber cover the vehicle when in that useage? seeems like a lot of holes.
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