Ride sharing companies and users across Philadelphia can now breathe a sigh of relief — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation that permanently authorizes the operation of ride sharing services across the state.
In a statement, Wolf said that “I am pleased the legislature worked with me to finally pass a long-term solution for ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in Pennsylvania … It is also encouraging that this legislation puts an end to any question about the operations of these companies in Philadelphia.”
According to CBS News, the legislation levies a tax on ride sharing services that would help fund the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the School District of Philadelphia.
The Metro reported that Uber will respond to the signing of the ride sharing legislation by expanding its operation to the entire state of Pennsylvania.
“We thank the General Assembly and Governor Wolf for their efforts in passing this legislation,” Uber’s Pennsylvania spokesman Craig Ewer said in a statement. “Ride sharing benefits cities, drivers and riders, and we look forward to serving communities across Pennsylvania for years to come.”
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