Less than a week after a temporary agreement of immunity between the services and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) expired – Ride-hailing services UberX and Lyft were served a cease-and-desist order issued by Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter.
The immediate moratorium was declared because of the PPA’s claim that it cannot restrain UberX and Lyft from operating.
Judge Carpenter’s order comes from a lawsuit by members of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Philadelphia that sought to halt an agreement between the PPA and the ride-hailing services which allowed them to temporarily operate.
Gov. Tom Wolf instead signed a bill that authorized UberX and Lyft to operate legally until Sept. 30 to help the city provide transportation for the national Democratic Party nominating convention attendees. That bill expired which put the lawsuit back in play.
It remains unclear if the court order will be followed.