Uber http://wesa.fm en As Ridesharing Debate Continues, Some Look Into Whether Services Reduce DUIs http://wesa.fm/post/ridesharing-debate-continues-some-look-whether-services-reduce-duis <p>The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission continues to try stopping ridesharing services Uber and Lyft from operating in the Pittsburgh area, often citing that the drivers are not regulated by the state, which is a safety concern.</p><p>This prompted <a href="http://bl.ocks.org/nategood/5868e870b1c668c660f1">one Pittsburgh man</a> to look into a major safety issue – driving under the influence.</p><p>“Under that safety argument I decided to look into DUIs, arguably one of biggest dangers on the road, this could have been having a profound change in that area,” said Nate Good.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:55 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32969 at http://wesa.fm Lyft and Uber Await Answer From PUC for Temporary Licenses http://wesa.fm/post/lyft-and-uber-await-answer-puc-temporary-licenses <p>Mayor Bill Peduto lifted his cell phone up, showing the Lyft and Uber apps on his screen.</p><p>“I don’t drive them, but I use them,” Peduto said. “I’ve used them both in the city of Pittsburgh and also in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It’s very easy to use.”</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:20:16 +0000 Jessica Nath 32425 at http://wesa.fm Lyft and Uber Await Answer From PUC for Temporary Licenses Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-peduto-touts-alternative-transportation-calls-ride-share-dispute-dysfunctional <p>Right now, most Pittsburghers use their car to get around, but that may change in the near future. First of all, the city lacks sufficient parking, especially downtown. But new transportation options backed by the mayor will make it easier to get around “tahn” without owning a car. Mayor Peduto stopped by Essential Pittsburgh to focus on the city’s transportation goals going forward.</p><p>The most immediate issue the mayor has been dealing with was the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/07/State-representative-files-resolution-supporting-ride-share-companies/stories/201407070130">Uber/Lyft dispute</a>. Peduto said he is behind the two ride sharing companies and calls the ongoing dispute with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission "dysfunctional." Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:42:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32331 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" Sen. Fontana Urges PUC To Issue Temporary Permits To Ride Sharing Companies http://wesa.fm/post/sen-fontana-urges-puc-issue-temporary-permits-ride-sharing-companies <p>The ride-sharing company Uber has asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for an emergency permit, which would allow the company to resume experimental service.</p><p>State Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) started drafting legislation last week that would legalize ride-sharing in Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:40:48 +0000 Michael Lynch 32256 at http://wesa.fm Lawmakers Prep Ride-Sharing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/lawmakers-prep-ride-sharing-legislation <p>State legislators are preparing a measure that would allow ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber to operate in Pennsylvania, days after administrative judges with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) ordered the companies to cease operations.</p><p>Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) has already drafted a bill that would lessen the PUC's regulations on background checks, insurance, vehicle inspections, and most importantly, licensing.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:34:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 32022 at http://wesa.fm PUC Issues Cease and Desist Orders For Uber, Lyft http://wesa.fm/post/puc-issues-cease-and-desist-orders-uber-lyft <p>The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has slammed the brakes on ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber in Pittsburgh effective immediately.</p><p>PUC Administrative Law judges have granted the emergency petition by the PUC Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement to issue cease-and-desist orders for the companies.</p><p>The two-judge panel wrote that they were not “blind or deaf to the public opinion,” but that the commission’s duty to ensure public safety is more important than the convenience of the companies.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:30:59 +0000 Jessica Nath 31964 at http://wesa.fm PUC Issues Cease and Desist Orders For Uber, Lyft Judges Say No to Uber and Lyft Again http://wesa.fm/post/judges-say-no-uber-and-lyft-again <p>Two administrative law judges have agreed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to force two ride-share companies to stop operating in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The judges issued their rulings Tuesday, five days after PUC attorneys argued that Lyft and Uber are violating state rules that govern paid transportation services.</p><p>Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:39:34 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 31949 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Slams PUC Over Ride-Sharing Suits http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-slams-puc-over-ride-sharing-suits <p>Regulators want two ride-sharing companies to stop doing business in Pennsylvania.<br /><br />The <a href="http://bit.ly/SOnpEM">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a> reports that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement is pursing cease-and-desist orders against San Francisco-based ride-share companies Lyft and Uber.<br /><br />The companies have five days to respond.<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:33:41 +0000 The Associated Press 31062 at http://wesa.fm Ride-Sharing Services Lyft, Uber Face Fines From PUC http://wesa.fm/post/ride-sharing-services-lyft-uber-face-fines-puc <p>Growing popularity and the support of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto were not enough to prevent ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber from getting hit with five and six figure fines by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) last Thursday.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:09:19 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30675 at http://wesa.fm Undercover Officer Tickets Uber, Lyft Drivers http://wesa.fm/post/undercover-officer-tickets-uber-lyft-drivers <p>The state Public Utility Commission (PUC) is cracking down on ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber for operating without licenses in Pittsburgh.</p><p>From the end of March through April 21, the PUC issued 23 tickets to Lyft and Uber drivers ranging in amount from $25 to $300 plus court costs.</p><p>An undercover PUC enforcement officer was sent to retrieve rides using the services’ smartphone applications, and once the rides were over, the officer submitted the tickets to the local District Justice’s office.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:45:57 +0000 Julian Routh 28204 at http://wesa.fm Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing http://wesa.fm/post/trending-412-blog-and-what-you-need-know-about-ride-sharing <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:42:31 +0000 Marnie Schleicher & Marina Weis 26258 at http://wesa.fm Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-puc-rule-change-make-room-lyft-uber <p>In recent weeks, two ride-sharing services have launched in Pittsburgh – Lyft and Uber.</p><p>Both offer paid rides available through a smart phone app. Shortly after their launch, the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, which owns Yellow Cab, <a href="http://http://wesa.fm/post/taxi-operators-push-legal-challenge-ride-sharing-service-lyft">asked Mayor Bill Peduto</a> to pass an ordinance cracking down on such services. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission made a similar request of Peduto.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24620 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber