Car services Uber and Lyft have been served with a cease-and-desist court order which will force them to stop operating in Philadelphia. As the two companies plan to keep on offering their services and pick up customers, they have announced their wish to make an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas in regards to the order which is to prohibit their activity in the city.
The order, issued by judge Linda Carpenter, comes as a decision to the suit filed in July by a coalition of traditional cabs and Uber BLACK drivers, together with disabled activists who demanded that Uber be declared illegal in the City of Brotherly Love.
Lyft representatives stated that their company was never even given the chance to defend itself, as it was not named in the suit, whilst Uber spokesman Craig Ewer has already announced the company’s decision to appeal the court’s decision.
The two companies had previously been in possession of a temporary agreement of immunity issued by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and which expired not even a week before the court order.
The Taxi Workers Alliance seemed to target this same immunity, which allowed UberX and Lyft to temporarily operate within the city limits, but the suit was put on hold until September 30. The date marked the Democratic Party nomination convention, which prompted Governor Tom Wolf to sign a bill that would allow the ride-hailing services to operate and serve as an alternative means of transportation for the participants. The end of the convention brought with it the return of the lawsuit.
The PPA, who is in charge of Philadelphia’s taxi and limousine service regulations, declared that starting with Tuesday, UberX and Lyft services would be considered illegal. The need for an immediate moratorium was justified by the PPA’s claims of being unable to stop the two companies from operating even after taking into consideration their current legal condition. This would basically mark a return to the grey waters Uber has been riding ever since it first started offering its services in the city, nearly two ago.
As the ride-hailing services are set on making and appeal and legalising their situation, all the while ignoring the current orders, what are the reader’s thoughts on the matter? Will one continue to use the UberX and Lyft services for as long as they are still available?
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