Smith joins co-sponsors in support of Fontana's bill to allow ride-sharing in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently issued cease and desist order to the companies, citing public safety concerns.
In response, Fontana and Rep. Erin Molchany have drafted solutions to address the concerns and allow the companies to continue operations in the state.
Smith - a co-sponsor of Fontana's legislation - said the bill would "modernize" state law to allow for the development of new transportation services.
"There must be proper balance between regulating to protect public safety and paving the way for new methods of doing business," Smith said. "Just as we have seen in the technology, biomedical, manufacturing, environmental and energy sectors; innovation and competition in transportation services will lead to economic growth that will benefit our entire regional economy. Business enterprises like Lyft and Uber are helping to reshape the Pittsburgh region's image as an inclusive, progressive place to live, visit, and do business. Fontana's forward-thinking proposals provide a long-term solution that allows for much needed innovative transportation options while addressing liability and safety concerns. I urge the Senate to take swift action on these measures."
Fontana's bill, which has also received support from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, would require Uber and Lyft to maintain detailed records, enforce a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol use, establish a complaint reporting system, implement a background check system and set up drive training programs.
Molchany has introduced a similar measure in the state House of Representatives.
The bill, according to Fontana, will likely be referred to the state Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. He said he plans to press the committee to take up the resolutions in September when the Senate reconvenes.