Ride-hailing apps, or transportation network companies (TNCs), have been in sort of a legal gray area in some parts of Pennyslvania, but as of today, hailing a ride will be completely legal. Earlier today, the governor of Pennsylvania signed legislation that regulates the services. Like all laws, it’s imperfect, and stakeholders including taxi drivers and people with disabilities have complaints about it.
The objection of disability activists are probably the easiest to understand for non-bureaucrats: the law requires the ride-hailing services (Uber, Lyft, and any competitors that enter the market) to have 70 wheelchair-accessible vehicles collectively.
That’s nice in theory, but who is going to coordinate that between multiple companies where the drivers own their own vehicles? Will the companies pool their resources and set up a depot of accessible vans?
Other changes that are part of the law are mandatory vehicle inspections and background checks, and an undetermined amount of money must go from every ride to the public schools in Philadelphia.
Gov. Wolf makes Uber, Lyft legal, but calls for driver protections remain [Philadelphia Business Journal]
by Laura Northrup via Consumerist