In Philadelphia, consumers now have a definite preference for Uber over official medallion-sporting cabs, finding their use cheaper and more convenient. Naturally, taxi drivers and medallion owners disagree with this sentiment, and have been fighting the continued existence of the ride-hailing apps in court. Now a judge has ordered the services to shut down in Philadelphia, but they don’t plan to listen until the case has been appealed.
Temporarily, during a transportation crunch that included a partial shutdown of commuter rail and the Democratic National Convention coming to town, the services were allowed a reprieve. Those events are over now, and Uber at least told Philly.com that it had no plans to stop operating.
Technically, the companies aren’t named in the suit: it was filed against the Philadelpha Parking Authority, not the companies or their independent contractor drivers. While the UberBlack service that uses town cars with licensed livery vehicles gets sto stay in busness, new laws would affect the amateur-powered UberX and Lyft.
by Laura Northrup via Consumerist