Morning Read: Uber Says Proposed Regulations Could Shut It Down


Uber, the company that lets you hail a fancy black sedan with an iPhone app, says new regulations proposed by the D.C. Taxi Commission earlier this week could shut down the new company.

Founder and CEO of Uber Technologies Travis Kalanick wrote a letter to the commission saying:

The set of regulations can only be described as anti-competitive – at the expense of 1000′s of high-paying DC driver jobs, stifling innovation, and against the interests of city residents who need quality transportation alternatives.

In the letter he listed three proposed regulations that he said were among the regulations that were destructive to Uber:

1) prohibition of any sedan business with fewer than 20 cars
2) requirement that all sedans install DCTC regulated machines/devices that resemble taximeters and must produce paper receipts
3) no pickups or dropoffs outside DC

DCTC Chairman Ron Linton, however, says that Uber is misreading the regulations and, according to Greater Greater Washington, disputed allegations that the commission is trying to attack Uber’s business model.

GGW has a good explainer of the regulations that Uber says would unfairly hurt the company. Some of them, it seems, are actually detrimental to Uber’s business model while others seem like a misread into the regulation.

Slate and Daily Beast also offered takes on the brewing battles between D.C. and Uber.


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