HARRISBURG – Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft will continue to operate in Pennsylvania based on legislation that was signed into law today, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), the bill’s sponsor.
TNCs offer prearranged transportation services through the use of a digital network. These companies were previously operating in most counties in Pennsylvania under a two-year temporary authority granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), but that authority expired in Philadelphia and is set to expire early next year for Pennsylvania’s other counties.
Act 164 of 2016 establishes a permanent, regulatory framework for the operation of TNCs in every county in Pennsylvania. The law requires companies and drivers to maintain proper insurance coverage, meet safety requirements, maintain complete records and report accidents in a timely manner. A zero-tolerance policy on the use of drugs or alcohol for a driver using the digital network is mandated by the bill as well.
“TNCs hold the potential to meet a wide variety of needs for passengers. These services have truly modernized the way we think about transportation,” Bartolotta said. “This new law allows TNCs to continue to serve customers while ensuring that passengers are adequately protected. I appreciate the cooperation from both sides of the aisle in getting this legislation across the finish line.”
Bartolotta’s legislation requires stringent background checks for drivers with longer look-back periods than cab and limo drivers. Individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes, including burglary, robbery and sexual offenses, would be prohibited from offering these services.
Under Bartolotta’s bill, the Philadelphia Parking Authority would provide oversight over TNC operations in Philadelphia, while the PUC would continue to handle oversight in the remainder of the state.
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