Bill to authorize ride-hailing services passes House

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 20, 2016 2:58 AM

FILE - An Uber driver sits in his car. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Harrisburg) -- Approval for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate statewide is nearing final approval in state legislature before temporary regulatory authority to operate in most counties runs out early next year.

The House has voted unanimously to send legislation back to the Senate, which approved an earlier version last year.

The bumpy ride for Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania has included clashing with Philadelphia regulators and a record-setting $11.4 million state fine imposed on Uber.

Under the bill, Uber's fine would be limited to $250,000 while the companies would pay 1.4 percent of gross receipts in Philadelphia to the city and school district.

Companies and drivers would be subject to licensing and safety standards and requirements to carry insurance and report accidents in a timely manner.

Criminal background checks would also required for drivers.

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