The PUC takes its responsibilities seriously

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In the spirit of the Post-Gazette’s call for the Public Utility Commission to “back off” enforcement of our safety regulations for taxi service in Pittsburgh (“Back Off, PUC: The Agency Either Supports Ride-Share or Not,” April 30), would the editorial board suggest that the PUC no longer enforce pipeline safety in the Pittsburgh area as well?

The “draconian” taxi safety regulations were adopted in the same year as our pipeline safety regulations. Why shouldn’t the Post-Gazette’s call to “ease up” on one set of safety rules apply to others within the PUC jurisdiction?

The PUC takes its legislatively directed enforcement responsibilities seriously. With that, pipeline and taxi safety enforcement will continue. It is the law.

The PUC’s message has always been the same — we support innovation done within the bounds of the law.

We have agreed to revisit our regulations. In the meantime, we provided information to both Lyft and Uber on how to work within existing laws. We also let them know there would be consequences for operating outside of the law.

The companies chose to ignore that advice.

JENNIFER KOCHER
Press Secretary
PA Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg


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