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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.

NICK SIBILLA
Writer
Institute for Justice.
Arlington, Va.


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