Pennsylvania House insurance committee to hold ride-sharing hearing

Representatives from ride sharing companies are expected to appear at a hearing before the Pa. House insurance committee in Harrisburg on Monday.

Lyft and Uber are two San Francisco-based companies that connect drivers using their own cars with riders via a smartphone app. The companies, which moved into the Pittsburgh area earlier this year, have run afoul of the state Public Utility Commission, which views them as illegal operations. A separate hearing next week in Pittsburgh will determine whether the PUC's request for a cease-and-desist order against the companies will proceed.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has said that personal insurance policies do not cover vehicles being used as ride-sharing services.

Members of the House insurance committee will have the opportunity to ask questions of the company's representatives during the hearing, whose purpose is to examine “insurance coverage for consumers when utilizing experimental service for transportation,” according to the agenda.

According to the meeting agenda, Jim Black, executive vice president for Lyft is scheduled to attend, and J. Robert Wooley will represent Uber. James Campolongo, president and CEO of Yellow Cab, which intends to launch its own peer-to-peer ride sharing app Yellow X in the coming weeks, also is on the agenda. Mr. Camplongo has been an outspoken opponent of ride sharing companies in the Pittsburgh area.

Attorney Scott Cooper will represent the Pa. Association for Justice, which has filed protests to both ride share companies‘‍ applications for experimental licenses to operate in Pennsylvania. Samuel Marshall, president of CEO of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, is scheduled to appear as well. 

Kim Lyons: or 412-263-1241. Twitter: @SocialKimly

First Published June 20, 2014 12:00 AM

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