Ride-hailing services law ends Pa. regulatory fight

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 4, 2016 11:44 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new Pennsylvania law allows ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate legally in the state. That's after several years of battles with regulators that included a record-setting $11.4 million state fine imposed on Uber.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill Friday, and it takes effect immediately. A key provision remains a subject of debate, that being whether the law wipes out the Uber fine. Lawmakers who helped negotiate they bill say it's not designed to undo the fine.

Wolf says the law ends any question about the legal operation of ride-sharing companies in Philadelphia. An assessment will deliver a projected $2 million annually to the Philadelphia School District.

Philadelphia Sen. Vincent Hughes calls the bill a start, but says any issues involving drivers harassing women and African Americans not getting picked up must be fixed.

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