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Pa. judges asked to shut down ride-share companies

June 26, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission have asked a panel of judges to force two ride-share companies to stop operating in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports the PUC's enforcement arm argued Thursday that Lyft and Uber are violating state rules that govern paid transportation services.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles.

PUC enforcement officer Charles Bowser testified at a hearing in Pittsburgh that allowing the services to operate without state oversight is a "recipe for disaster."

The companies are fighting the PUC's request for a cease-and-desist order.

Administrative Law Judge Mary Long says a decision will be issued by July 1.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,



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