ALJ Recommends Rules to Shut Down Uber Denver... AGAIN!
- Uber’s pricing model will be made illegal – that is, Uber will not be able to charge by distance.
- Specifically, “A luxury limousine may not contain a taxicab meter or other device for calculating any component of rates charged based upon time and mileage, other than a clock.” (Sec. 6308)
- This is akin to telling a hotel it is illegal to charge by the night.
- Drivers working with Uber will be effectively banned from downtown — this rule will make it illegal for a luxury limousine to station itself “within 100 feet of a hotel, motel, restaurant, bar, a taxicab stand designated by local government…” (Sec. 6309)
- Taxi protectionism – hard at work – designed to restrict consumer choice and efficiency.
Uber riders throughout the Front Range have made their voices heard through 1,000s of emails of support; the Denver Post has resoundingly endorsed Uber as a valuable source of competition for a market ripe for innovation and change; and the FTC has filed comments discouraging the rules proposed by ALJ Adams, comments that were completely ignored.The Commission will hear our appeal in support of choice and a competitive marketplace where the free market – not regulators – will decide winners.As a state, we’re at a crossroads – do we want to be a place that welcomes innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and technology? Or do we want to be a place where the most sophisticated way we can measure commerce is simply a clock?Colorado is a growing state, full of potential for even greater prosperity. Uber remains ever hopeful and confident that the Commission will side with progress and dismiss these rules changes upon appeal.Much #UberDenverLove,Will McCollum
Uber Denver General Manager