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Philadelphia Judge Orders Uber And Lyft To Cease Operations In The City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia judge has ordered ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft to cease operations in the city.

Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter has ordered UberX and Lyft to stop operations in Philadelphia. The ruling comes in a suit brought by the Taxi Workers Alliance, which sought to block the temporary deal that allowed the ride-hailing services to operate during the Democratic National Convention. That legislation expired last Friday, allowing a revival of the suit.

Taxi Workers Alliance head Ronald Blount said he knows a true solution lies in any deal the legislature can adopt, when lawmakers return on the 17th.

“We know that this is short term. But it is our hope that the lawmakers will listen to not only Judge Carpenter, but Judge (Michael) Baylson from the Federal Court — the things that are coming out about equal protection under the law, a level playing field and service to people with disabilities.”

Blount said the judge’s order indicates that if Uber and Lyft continue to operate, they could be held in contempt of court.

A statement from Uber said that given the unanswered questions around the order, the company has not yet decided whether to shut down in Philadelphia. Uber is also calling on lawmakers to adopt a ridesharing bill “as soon as possible.”

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  1. Uber and Lyft are faster service than regular cabs and do not charge a lot on mileage per passenger! I can get a ride in 1-5 minutes and it is a fact! People are going to go for those ride services because they want convenient and fast service period! I so far had very nice Lyft drivers!The rules should be fair so that Uber and Lyft stay in Philadelphia to have happy customers. If they say and get some rules like the cab drivers in the city well don’t increase the mileage to much per miles and per customer in the car! I saw the mileage in cabs and they are inaccurate to me but benefit the cab service company. Rides get and are expensive.That is when you have alternatives and the competition of services!

  2. Steve says:

    What Uber is doing is only “illegal” because the PPA wants it to be to protect their own business. It’s legal in the rest of this 19th century state, just not Philly. Disgusting. Never taking an (equally disgusting) Philly cab again.

  3. Mike says:

    Uber clearly was violating laws and evading taxes. An app has nothing to do with Uber’s criminal operations. For a $65 billion dollar company Uber should operate legally and follow laws.

    1. How much are you getting paid off by the taxi unions to spread anti-Uber propaganda?

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