Gov. Corbett expresses his support for Lyft, Uber in Pennsylvania
September 6, 2014 12:23 AM
Gov. Tom Corbett wrote letters to Rep. Robert Godshall and Sen. Robert Tomlinson.
By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Any new legislation governing ride-sharing companies in Pennsylvania would come before Gov. Tom Corbett, and on Friday he made it clear where he stands on the issue.
Mr. Corbett sent letters to fellow Republicans — Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery, chairman of the House Consumer Affairs committee, and Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks, chairman of the Senate consumer protection and professional licensure committee — urging them to support forthcoming legislation aimed at formalizing the rules around ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber.
“The evolution of technology and modern transportation systems can, at times, outpace the existing statutory framework which governs their operation in communities across the Commonwealth,” the governor wrote in each letter.
Lyft and Uber are San Francisco ride-sharing companies that connect drivers in their own cars with passengers via smartphone apps. Both are currently operating in Allegheny County under temporary provision, and are seeking permanent licensure from the state Public Utility Commission as experimental transportation companies.
“We join the governor in supporting legislation that will create an operating mechanism for transportation network companies, while at the same time creating a level playing field for existing taxi companies,” PUC spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said.
Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, has proposed a bill that would create a new category of service known as a transportation network company to oversee and regulate ride-sharing companies. Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, and Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware-Chester, have each proposed similar bills in the House.
“We applaud Gov. Corbett for affirming that modern technologies deserve modern regulations, and for standing for more choice and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians,” said Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett.
The legislature is expected to consider the bills when it returns to session Sept. 15.
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