Ap ridesharing regulations

Hey, at least these corporations are keeping drunk drivers off the road!But that also means z Trip’s license is the first to expire: By May, z Trip will need an extension of its temporary license or permanent authority to operate.Further, drivers would be prohibited from using a vehicle with more than 350,000 miles or one that is older than 10 model years.They have run into differences over how statewide regulations would address Philadelphia — where resentment of ride-sharing is strong and where the city’s parking authority, not the state, currently has control over the Medallion taxi cab companies. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, cleared the Senate floor in November by a 48 to 2 vote and now rests in the hands of the House Consumer Affairs Committee.That puts Yellow Cab in concert with ride-sharing behemoths Uber and Lyft in pressing lawmakers this spring to put an end to a regulatory headache that has dragged on nearly two years. Campolongo said of the bill passed by the Senate in November that would pave the way for ride-sharing companies to operate permanently.These share-washing companies are just taxi services that aren’t subject to regulations that protect drivers and riders.The case against Uber is ongoing, but PUC law judges in November recommended a $50 million fine against the company for allegedly defying state authority for six months. Campolongo said Yellow Cab’s z Trip properly went through the PUC’s approval process well before it launched in early 2015, and therefore obtained its experimental license before either Uber or Lyft.And while your Uber driver (who hopefully isn’t a creep) will be happy to tell you how much he or she loves the work, drivers interviewed for a article on the subject say they lie about that because they can be “deactivated” (fired) if they don’t average 4.7 out of 5 stars from customers.When San Francisco-based Uber and Lyft moved into the Pittsburgh area in early 2014, the state Public Utility Commission fought to keep them off the streets before eventually granting both companies two-year experimental licenses.Much has been written about how they exploit their drivers (there’s even a lawsuit in Boston).But Jamie Campolongo, president of Yellow Cab of Pittsburgh, now has a significant chunk of his business coming from customers who arrange rides via a smartphone app with drivers in their own vehicles. Campolongo diverged from some his transportation peers last year when he launched z Trip, an app that has grown to employ 100 independent contractors and accounted for about 15 percent of the company’s trips on New Year’s Eve.


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Lawmakers in the last year have introduced competing legislation to offer the state’s first set of regulations for ride-sharing operations.