Uber, Lyft may soon halt operations in Pennsylvania

The companies' experimental licenses will expire soon

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, could soon be forced to halt operations in Pennsylvania.

Those services were granted experimental licenses to operate in Pennsylvania in early 2015. The expiration date for Uber’s license is in January and for Lyft, it’s in February.

The Public Utility Commission granted those experimental licenses in 2015.

In Philadelphia, those companies are controlled through the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the licenses to operate in that city expire at the end of September.

Uber and Lyft will have to halt operations in Pennsylvania if the General Assembly doesn’t pass a bill, or an extension of those licenses isn’t granted.

“This is a service and technology that really has been providing, not just a great, easy way to get around, but a really good income for thousands and thousands of people,” said Senator Camera Bartolotta, who is working to get a bill passed that would make ride-sharing services legal throughout the state. “This is something that they can fit into their own schedule, between soccer games with the kids or whatever. It’s really changed the lives of a lot of soccer moms, minorities, elderly. People who really need to add to their income but can’t have a secondary job.”

In a statement to ABC27, Uber officials said:

“Riders and drivers across Pennsylvania deserve the certainty that comes with the passage of legislation.”

Senator Bartolotta’s bill has passed the Senate, but has not yet cleared the House.

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