Ride-sharing company Uber is now operating in Philadelphia despite a threat from the city’s parking authority to impound cars and fine drivers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Uber began offering rides Friday night. Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett says the company will offer free service in Philadelphia through the weekend.
Parking Authority spokesman Martin O’Rourke says Uber is considered an illegal taxi operation. He warns the authority will impound cars and levy $1,000 fines against vehicle owners and drivers.
Uber uses a smartphone app to dispatch drivers who use their personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with Uber.
Uber and a competitor, Lyft, recently won Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approval to operate in the Pittsburgh area.