Right now the car services Uber and Lyft, which operate entirely on smartphones, want to do business throughout Pennsylvania, but technically thatâs against the law. âUnder the law in Pennsylvania anyone who is providing transportation for compensation must have a license from the Public Utilities Commissionâ said Public Utility Commission Press Secretary Jennifer Kocher.
Thatâs where State Senator Wayne Fontana comes into play. Uber and Lyft are already operating in his district, which includes pittsburgh, on temporary licenses. Fontana has legislation that would create a new category for these types of companies to legally operate in plcaes like Harrisburg. âIf they come to other cities and other counties within Pennsylvania, they want to make sure that the legislation will be in place so that they can just fit in, so weâre sort of the trailblazer hereâ said Fontana.
Fontana hopes to get the legislation passed and signed into law in October. In the meantime the car companies are vowing to maintain the same kind of rules for potential drivers that have allowed them to be welcomed in other major cities throughout the country. âNothing involving drugs or alcohol. You canât have a DUI, you canât have three or more moving violations in the past three years. So these are all measures that we takeâ said Lyft Government Relations Manager Katie Kincaid. Both Uber and Lyft have already applied for statewide licenses just in case the legislation doesnât pass.