Airport transit rules are unfair

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As a certified commercial holder of a Public Utility Commission certificate of convenience, I can’t pick up my guests at the airport without paying the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The rule makes no sense. The authority states that I must have $1 million of liability insurance coverage. The state says all I need is $35,000. I won’t purchase an airport sticker with transponder as the authority requires.

Why do I need to pay the authority money to pick up my guests that I dropped off last week? I am told that that’s the way it is. I have to have $1 million insurance to pick up my guest but not drop off. Hello?

This authority wants me to pay the same fees and costs as Yellow Cab, but I don’t have access to any passengers getting off the planes. The only transportation company with access to all passengers is Yellow Cab.

This mess needs to be straightened out. It’s a barrier to entry; it stifles competition; it’s restrictive, and it’s illegal to favor and have rules in place to protect Yellow Cab’s interest and bar me from having access to all airplane passengers.

SCOTT RICE
Mt. Lebanon


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