PPA Eases Taxi Regulations, Vows to Enforce Laws Against Uber

Ready to put a flame to its current regulatory framework, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has notified ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that enforcement action is coming and announced it will immediately begin waiving several regulations currently levied against the medallion taxi industry.

"We recognize we need to redo the regulations," Patrick Doran, the PPA's attorney, told the Philadelphia Business Journal outside of a federal courtroom Tuesday. His comments came amid a hearing in the U.S. District Court of Philadelphia regarding a civil suit filed against the Parking Authority by more than 100 cab companies.

"We fully intend to embark on a full set of regulations," Doran told U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson.

Before those can be created and approved by officials, the PPA is adjusting how it governs traditional taxis – a step the judge called commendable.

"It's substantial progress that the authority has opened the door," Judge Baylson said.

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