PPA Releases Impounded UberX Cars
Over the weekend, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which oversees all taxis and limousines in city limits, impounded six UberX cars in an undercover sting operation, saying that UberX was operating illegally here. Uber cried foul. Mayor Nutter told everybody to chill the heck out. And as of Tuesday at noon, the PPA had released four cars and said that they are expecting to release the remaining two shortly.
But the PPA hasn’t had a change of heart. No, a lawyer for the UberX drivers showed up at PPA headquarters in deep South Philadelphia to get the vehicles released. He requested hearings and posted $1,000 collateral (the value of the fine) for each driver. In turn, while the drivers await their hearings, the PPA allowed the cars out of the impound.
An official with the PPA says that the agency will continue to impound any UberX drivers found operating illegally in Philadelphia. A check of the system shortly after noon revealed several UberX drivers in Center City. Honda Civic-driving Ruhul should probably watch his back.