Philadelphia Parking Authority
The 4-1 vote will allow the smartphone app-based service to provide cars in the Pittsburgh area and across much of the state, but not in Philadelphia, where the city’s oft-feared parking authority regulates taxis.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority cracked down over the weekend, impouding six vehicles and fining the drivers $1,000 each.
On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Dom Giordano spoke with Ed Burkhardt, Vice President of the Yellow Cab Company, about the impact of the UberX car service in Philadelphia.
What if they threw an auction and nobody came? That’s essentially what happened when the Parking Authority offered the first two of 45 new medallions last week.
Members of Philadelphia’s disabled community turned out in City Council this past week in hopes of prodding state lawmakers to put more handicapped accessible taxis on city streets.
Investigators continue to work on tips already in and search for video.
Kevin McClain, the brother of murdered jogger Constance McClain-Murray, is a longtime employee of the Parking Authority.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority says some of its officers apparently didn’t get the word about its new pilot program that lets motorcycle and scooter riders park for free in specially designated spaces.
“If people know that their face is going to be shown on KYW or CBS, they’re less likely to assault these drivers,” said the president of the Taxi Workers Alliance.
Scooters and motorcycles can once again park on the sidewalk in residential Philadelphia neighborhoods, at least for the next four months, now that the Philadelphia Parking Authority has issued new “pilot” regulations.
Philadelphia City Council is expected to cast a final vote this week on a bill that makes it easier for neighborhoods to set up pedestrian hangouts, as well as more space for bicycle parking.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority also approved new rules requiring two security cameras in every taxicab.
American Traffic Solutions had installed more than 100 red-light cameras at more than two dozen locations around the city, but the Parking Authority last year decided to award a new contract to Xerox.
As the Parking Authority warned back in February, Smartcards are going away — and today is the last day you can buy them.
Philadelphia is now one step closer to having wheelchair-accessible taxicabs available.