Pennsylvania Senate advances bill to authorize car services

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 25, 2015 2:22 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate is advancing legislation to authorize ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, even as regulators consider a record $50 million fine against Uber for operating without approval. 

Senators approved the bill yesterday, 48-2, and sent it to the House. 

Uber and Lyft currently operate in some parts of Pennsylvania -- including Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading -- under a temporary license granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The bill wouldn't force the Philadelphia Parking Authority to license Uber and Lyft, even though both services operate there anyway. 

The measure would set safety standards and insurance requirements for companies and drivers. 

It also would require companies to perform background checks on all driver applicants, and bar drivers with convictions for crimes including sexual offenses, fraud, theft or driving under the influence.  

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