PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ride-sharing company Lyft has satisfied insurance and other requirements to begin operating temporarily in the Pittsburgh-area.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last month gave conditional approval for Lyft and its competitor, Uber, to obtain temporary licenses to operate in the Pittsburgh area until their applications for permanent "experimental" licenses can be heard. The services need "experimental" approval because they operate differently than taxis and other transportation covered by PUC regulations.
The ride-sharing companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.
On Thursday, the PUC said Lyft has complied with the conditions, including insurance coverage, and can operate. Uber is still trying to satisfy the conditions and cannot.
Both companies still face permanent licensing hearings later this month.