Uber, Lyft may soon halt operations in Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft could soon have to halt operations in Pennsylvania.

The services were granted experimental licenses to operate in Pennsylvania. The expiration date for Uber’s license is in January, and for Lyft it’s in February. The Public Utility Commission granted those experimental licenses in 2015.

In Philadelphia, those companies are regulated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and the licenses to operate in that city expire at the end of September.

Uber and Lyft will have to halt operations in Pennsylvania if the General Assembly doesn’t pass a bill or an extension of those licenses isn’t granted.

“This is a service and technology that really has been providing, not just a great, easy way to get around, but a really good income for thousands and thousands of people,” said Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver/Greene/Washington).

Bartolotta is working to get a bill passed that would make ride-sharing services legal throughout the state.

“This is something that they can fit into their own schedule, between soccer games with the kids or whatever,” she said. “It’s really changed the lives of a lot of soccer moms, minorities, elderly; people who really need to add to their income but can’t have a secondary job.”

In a statement to ABC27, Uber officials said “riders and drivers across Pennsylvania deserve the certainty that comes with the passage of legislation.”

Bartolotta’s bill has passed the Senate but has not yet cleared the House.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC27 News App and the ABC27 Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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