The ride-sharing service Uber X has won a conditional two-year license to match riders with personal vehicles throughout much of Pennsylvania.
The state’s Public Utility Commission calls the experimental license Uber’s “last chance” to comply with previously ordered safety and insurance rules.
Its 4-1 vote Thursday will allow the Internet-based service to provide cars in Pittsburgh and across much of the state. However, the license doesn’t include Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority regulates taxi service there and has been sparring with Uber X drivers. The agency considers them unlicensed taxis and has been impounding the vehicles.
Uber X spokesman Taylor Bennett says the company wants to work with lawmakers and regulators “to get the details right.”
PUC board member John Cawley says the taxi industry needs innovation but that’s no excuse to ignore the law.