HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation today that would authorize transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
Senate Bill 984 would establish a regulatory framework for the operation of transportation network companies in every county in Pennsylvania. These businesses currently operate in some Pennsylvania counties and municipalities under a two-year temporary authority granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
“Transportation network companies open up a wide variety of options for passengers and new economic opportunities for companies and drivers,” Bartolotta said. “As our transportation needs evolve, it is critical to ensure a proper balance between innovation and consumer protection.”
The legislation would also set minimum standards to ensure transportation network companies operate safely and responsibly. Companies and drivers would be required to meet key requirements, such as maintaining proper insurance coverage, meeting vehicle safety requirements and reporting accidents.
In addition, the bill would implement a zero tolerance policy on the use of drugs or alcohol for a driver using the digital network and prevents individuals convicted of certain crimes, including burglary, robbery and sexual offenses, from offering transportation network services.
Senate Bill 984 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.