PRLA President Steve Rhoads says the new Senate bill does not address TNCs needing to pay the same taxes as Pennsylvania operators.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Penn. — A bill before the Pennsylvania Senate that would regulate transportation network companies was the lead topic at the April 8 monthly meeting of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association.
James Shantz, a legislative aide to state Sen. Lisa Boscola (18th District-Northampton County), summarized key points of the legislation (House Bill 447 Ridesharing) that attempts to consolidate language in some previous bills that address a wide range of concerns and issues regarding TNCs.
The bill proposes more stricter regulations of TNC drivers. They must be 21 years old and take part in a driver training program and criminal background check, and must alert their insurance company that their vehicles are being used for TNC services. In addition, TNC vehicles must follow state standards that allow vehicles to be used that are 10 years old or less with no more than 350,000 miles.
The bill also would require an annual safety inspection before a TNC vehicle can operate. A TNC also would have to prove basic liability insurance and third-party insurance of no less than $1million when the vehicle operates under a TNC.
PRLA President Steve Rhoads (Rhoads Limousine Service, Douglasville), said the board is reviewing the bill but mentioned issues legislators must address regarding TNCs not paying certain business taxes that apply to private transportation.