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Your editorial “Back Off, PUC” (April 30) was spot-on for criticizing the Public Utility Commission’s aggressive citations of Lyft and Uber drivers. While Pittsburgh has earned praise for reinventing itself as a tech hub, it’s troubling that the PUC wants to go in the opposite direction and crack down on innovation.

Ride-share services, like Lyft and Uber, expand consumer choice and offer door-to-door service without the hassle of hailing a cab.

It’s no secret that Pittsburgh could use more wheels for hire on the road. Yellow Cab, the largest taxi service in the region, has only about 300 cabs for a city of 300,000 people.

Needlessly regulating entrepreneurs can trigger litigation. The Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm, is currently defending ride-share drivers from Chicago’s powerful taxi industry. Businesses do not have the right to force the government to harass and cite their competitors.

Institute for Justice.
Arlington, Va.

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