Judge orders UberX, Lyft to halt services in Philadelphia

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A judge has ordered UberX and Lyft to stop operating their ride-hailing services in Philadelphia.

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An Uber spokesman says the company is reviewing the decision and calls on state lawmakers to adopt a ride-hailing bill "as soon as possible."

The order from Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter stems from a lawsuit filed by the president of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Philadelphia and others in July.

State lawmakers gave the ride-hailing services temporary authorization to operate in Philadelphia before the Democratic National Convention that month. But that legislation expired last week.

The order states the San Francisco-based companies could be held in contempt of court if they operate after Thursday.

Lyft says it's also reviewing the decision. The more expensive Uber Black service is still available.

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The Pennsylvania House reconvenes Oct. 17.