Uber has grown so bold that it recently announced on its blog that it would defy the Virginia DMV’s cease-and-desist order. This became news only because it was full frontally defiant—rather than Uber and Lyft sneaking cars onto the street (which is what they usually do).
That’s why the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission is justified in proposing and delivering a $130,000 fine for Lyft and a $95,000 fine for Uber. The fines are $1,000 for every day these companies operate unlawfully on Pennsylvania streets.
The only way to get Uber and Lyft to follow the law is through significant enforcement. Pennsylvania’s actions are justified by Uber’s and Lyft’s past actions. Pennsylvania authorities are right to go after these multi-million dollar corporations and to make it clear to their drivers that they are breaking the state’s laws.
Anything short of serious fines and enforcement is simply a joke to Uber.