Battered from all sides Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Parking Authority heard from Uber and Lyft leaders who asserted the state laws governing ridesharing were fine as-is, and dealt with accusations the agency is using taxi and limousine drivers as "pawns" between suggestions on TNC rulemaking.
"Your day and your time is numbered," Angela Vogel, a driver for UberBlack, the black-car division that is under the Authority's purview as part of the limousine division. "You are using us as pawns in your patronage factory and we are done with it."
Vogel's comments elicited cheers from a crowd, mostly clad in pink Lyft T-shirts.
The Authority held the public hearing — scheduled following a Business Journal report that showed the PPA had yet to take any steps towards developing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) regulations — to officially seek information from industry members and the public on how the PPA should oversee Uber, Lyft and other rideshare firms.
Yet any tweaks the PPA makes to TNC regulations, or if it fails to make any changes, could bring about more headaches for the agency.
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