Pittsburgh Deserves Better: Our Response to the Cease and Desist
Despite the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission decision today to support special interests over consumers, Uber will operate as usual and continue providing Pittsburghers with access to safe, affordable and reliable rides. We are disappointed by the PUC’s actions as Uber has been working in good faith with state officials for months to create modern regulations that will give consumers access to the safest rides on the road. Pennsylvania regulators should be standing up for innovation, consumer choice and job growth – not the status quo.
Uber has set the standard for consumer safety in the state. All Pittsburgh uberX rides are insured up to $1,000,000, over 28 times the $35,000 required of taxis in Pennsylvania. While PA taxi drivers’ criminal records are only reviewed at the state level and are only required to go back 12 months, Uber checks the national sex-offender registry as well as federal, multi-state, and county criminal records going back seven years.
Our commitment to safety far exceeds the requirements set by the PA PUC – making their actions puzzling. We find it particularly hard to understand how preventing ridesharing in the state could be deemed an emergency, given the critical need to provide Pittsburghers with a safe alternative to impaired driving this holiday weekend.
While the PA PUC’s actions are counterproductive, we look forward to continuing to work with the state leaders to find a permanent home for ridesharing in Pennsylvania.
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