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Uber/Lyft Philadelphia Authorization Unclear After September 30

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — State law allowing ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city of Philadelphia expires at the end of the month… and right now there’s no agreement on an extension.

Uber and Lyft operate outside Philadelphia under the authority of the Public Utility Commission. But Philadelphia operations under the oversight of the Parking Authority are allowed under legislation that expires at the end of the month. The state House is in session next week and the Senate is in the last week of the month. Steve Miskin, spokesman for Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled House, says everyone wants to get something done before the deadline, but there’s no deal as of now.

“This is one of those issues, when you make headway here, you end up losing some steam over there,” Miskin said. “So it’s a lot of touch and go.”

Asked what happens on October first if new legislation is not approved, a spokesman for the Parking Authority would only say the agency is confident there will be action in time. Miskin says, quoting now, “I certainly hope they’re right.”

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