The California Public Utilities Commission has made a deal with Uber, that will allow the company’s black car service continue to operate while rules are finalized that specifically address mobile apps that allow users to arrange for rides with black car drivers and private citizens.
The California Public Utilities Commission today said that it has entered into an agreement with Lyft mobile application, revoking a cease-and-desist order until a rulemaking process addressing ride-sharing apps concludes six months from now.
The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates car services and ridesharing programs, will vote on December 20 on a proposal that would open a proceeding seeking to address its public safety concerns without stymieing the innovations offered by apps such as Uber, SideCar and Lyft.
It hasn’t been a good week for San Francisco taxi and ride-share apps. On November 9, two taxi drivers filed what they hope will be certified as a class action lawsuit against Uber stemming from its months-old taxi service in the city. And yesterday afternoon, Uber, SideCar and Lyft were fined $20,000 for operating what the state considers unlicensed charter businesses.