Operations

Philadelphia Operators Bear No Brotherly Love For Uber

Posted on March 14, 2014

Jim Moseley, president of the Limousine Associations of New Jersey, will participate in a new committee with colleagues from the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association to address issues relating to Uber operating in Philadelphia and the region.
Jim Moseley, president of the Limousine Associations of New Jersey, will participate in a new committee with colleagues from the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association to address issues relating to Uber operating in Philadelphia and the region.

TREVOSE, Pa.—In an effort to combat the proliferation of Uber drivers skirting rules and regulations at Philadelphia International Airport, a new joint Philadelphia-New Jersey committee to address the situation was formed last night at the monthly meeting of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA). The main topic of conversation at the meeting, PRLA member Michael Barreto, Philadelphia branch manager, Flyte Tyme and Jim Moseley, president of Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) volunteered to form a new committee to address the situation with both Philadelphia and state regulatory authorities.

The main concern for area operators is the surge of Uber cars muscling in on business at the airport, and violating rules and regulation in place for taxis and private transportation companies. Soliciting business inside the airport and violating curb-side pick-up rules are some of the infractions mentioned by members at the meeting.

Although some PRLA members said the airport apparently is cracking down, more needs to be done, especially as Uber drivers are waiting in the public cell-phone lot for potential fares. “They’re pretty much writing their own rules, subverting the system,” Baretto said. He added that it’s the smaller limousine operators who Uber mostly hurts because they often depend on non-corporate customers, who now may opt for an Uber ride to the airport.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority in fact did conduct a sting operation last year on SideCar, another mobile ridesharing app company, after inspectors took rides and found drivers did not have proper licenses. The car service was shut down because drivers did not have the proper taxi medallions. “Probably half at the airport are not properly licensed,” added Barreto.

However, Uber has so far avoided problems because it only offers UberBlack in Philadelphia, a service in which drivers are licensed by the PPA and, in theory, are only supposed to use “luxury” black car sedans and SUVs as part of their operation. Barreto said Uber helped set up a company that obtained the PPA licenses, but doubts all drivers are up to code on such regulations as mandatory liability insurance requirements and other regulations.

Added Moseley, “We are all trying to understand Uber at the local and national levels and what we can do in terms that Uber plays by the same rules and regulations that we do.”

Moseley and Barreto said that they will see what can be done to crack down on Uber drivers at the airport in terms of pushing PPA regulators to conduct more sting operations at the airport to make sure Uber drivers are in regulatory compliance and abide by existing rules and regulations.

 —By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast Editor

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

Company Accused Of Ditching Couples At The Altar

One client says once the deposits were collected, the Cleveland-based business stopped responding to their calls and emails.

Uber Drivers Complain About The Silliest Things

TNC Travesties Of The Week: Some independent contractors just don't have what it takes to be chauffeurs.

Limo Caddy Can Upgrade A Back Seat To First Class

LCT WEB-X-CLUSIVE: Going the extra mile for customers is made easy with PLATROS’ patent-pending seatback pocket device.

Why You Need A Social Customer Service Strategy

Whether you like it or not, people are talking about your business on social media.

Treat Your Employees Right For Maximum ROI

There’s no better way to show your appreciation than giving them what they need to do their job. 

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (2)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - December 2016 $12.95 GLOBAL/INTERNATIONAL ISSUE COVER STORY: * The Coolest Operators on the Planet * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close