A Friday meeting between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and a lawyer for the embattled ride-sharing company Sidecar yielded a compromise that allows the firm to operate, provided it takes no money for its services, a PPA spokesman said.
"They agreed not to ask for any compensation, including tips," said spokesman Martin O'Rourke, "and to post an announcement [of that agreement] on their website."
"I can confirm that rides are free in Philly this weekend," Sidecar spokeswoman Margaret Ryan said. As of late Friday, there was no announcement on the website, www.side.cr.
Founded in San Francisco, Sidecar offers rides through a smartphone app. Riders request a car, indicating location and destination, and a private driver responds in a private car.