HARRISBURG – Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, which offer prearranged transportation services through the use of a digital network, could continue to operate statewide under legislation approved by the Senate and sent to the governor today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
Senate Bill 984 establishes a permanent, regulatory framework for the operation of TNCs in every county in Pennsylvania. TNCs are currently operating in most counties throughout the state under a two-year temporary authority granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), but that authority expired in Philadelphia last month and runs out early next year for Pennsylvania’s 66 other counties.
“TNCs have revolutionized the way that many consumer transportation needs are met,” Bartolotta said. “These companies offer customers a new level of convenience that has never been available before, but with that innovation comes a responsibility to ensure that passengers and drivers are protected. This bill recognizes the importance of these new companies, as well as the growing demand for their services.”
Bartolotta’s legislation requires stringent background checks for drivers with longer look-back periods than cab and limo drivers. Individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes, including burglary, robbery and sexual offenses, would be prohibited from offering these services.
The bill also requires companies and drivers to maintain proper insurance coverage, meet safety requirements, maintain complete records and report accidents in a timely manner. A zero-tolerance policy on the use of drugs or alcohol for a driver using the digital network is mandated by the bill as well.
Under Bartolotta’s bill, the Philadelphia Parking Authority would provide oversight over TNC operations in Philadelphia, while the PUC would continue to handle oversight in the remainder of the state.
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