Uber seeks approval from PUC of emergency application

Ride-sharing company Uber updated an emergency application on Monday before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to get permission to operate in the state, complete with signed supporting statements from Pittsburgh residents who voiced support for the service.

The commission will ultimately determine whether an emergency exists to grant permission. Last week, a judge ordered Uber and rival company Lyft to cease and desist operations in the state, citing public safety concerns, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The plea garnered the support of state Rep. Erin Molchany, who filed a resolution urging the commission to expedite the companies' applications, saying the demand for alternative methods of transportation have "opened the door for fresh and innovative ride-sharing companies - to fill the vacancy left by existing taxi services in Pittsburgh," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A PUC spokesperson said the commission suggested to Uber in March that it file an emergency application that grants a 90-day license to operate in the state, but the company filed a full application that is pending the commission's review.

Though the commission has not reported the status of Molchany's resolution, a PUC spokesperson said the commission will enforce the law as written, though it welcomes legislation to provide clarity on rules differentiating ride-shares from taxis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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