PUC asks judges to shut down ride-share companies

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014 1:20 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Attorneys for the state Public Utility Commission have asked a panel of judges to force two ride-share companies to stop operating in Pittsburgh.

The PUC's enforcement arm argues Lyft and Uber are violating state rules that govern paid transportation services.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles.

PUC enforcement officer Charles Bowser has testified at a hearing in Pittsburgh that allowing the services to operate without state oversight is a "recipe for disaster.''

The companies are fighting the PUC's request for a cease-and-desist order. 

Administrative Law Judge Mary Long says a decision will be issued by July 1.

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