May 3, 2016

You Want To Ride In THAT Uber/Lyft Car?

There is no guarantee an Uber/Lyft vehicle meets any independently set safety requirements beyond those a family car meets, has been properly inspected or that the owner of the vehicle is insured.
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For a taxi, the Philadelphia Parking Authority sets the safety and other standards for vehicles used as a taxi.  The vehicles are inspected by the Authority twice annually.  Authority approval is required to operate a vehicle as a taxi.
Taxi owners pay the cost of all these requirements, but Uber/Lyft services don’t because they operate illegally without oversight.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority also sets insurance levels sufficient to protect customers in case of accidents.  There are no such requirements for Uber/Lyft.
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Uber/Lyft services should be required to meet vehicle safety standards set by the Philadelphia Parking Authority and vehicles should be inspected just like taxis.  
The Authority should also be required to set minimum insurance levels, terms and conditions and the Uber/Lyft driver should be the owner of the vehicle and the individual named on the insurance to avoid customer hassles with claims.
Existing taxi services can successfully compete with Uber and Lyft, but only on a level playing field.   Right now the system is stacked against them as a result of state laws that are inadequate to regulate these new services.
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Distributed On Behalf Of --
Pennsylvania Taxi Association
Contact: Danielle Friedman, General Counsel