Uber maintains that it “does not provide transportation services.”
This week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which regulates taxis and limousines in the Keystone State, concluded its month-long sting operation on Uber and Lyft drivers. The undercover operation resulted in the issuing of 23 criminal summary offenses, the first of their kind against those two companies.
The two quasi-taxi companies, which allow users to summon cars with the tap of a smartphone app, have come under increasing fire from cities and taxi regulatory bodies nationwide as the companies expand.
Many local and state agencies argue that the companies should be treated as traditional taxi firms and should be subject to relevant legislation. Both companies have fought and won similar battles in other jurisdictions; California formalized rideshare operations in September 2013.
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