Uber seeks approval from PUC of emergency application
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.