City of Seattle proposes destructive regulations
As you may know, the Seattle City Council is looking at new regulations around ridesharing, which will apply to uberX. The City has maintained that its goal is to ensure the safety of both riders and drivers.
We agree – safety is our number one priority – and we’re in support of reasonable regulations by the City to ensure that all rideshare companies are operating in safe and responsible ways. In fact, Uber already runs full criminal and driving record checks, and tests every driver on our system. We also inspect every uberX vehicle before a passenger gets inside. Additionally, we hold a $1,000,000 per-incident insurance policy in the event of an accident during an uberX trip.
We’re concerned because the regulations proposed by the Council go way beyond public safety. As currently drafted, the ridesharing regulations will take the freedom of choice away from Seattle residents, stifle innovation and put hundreds of drivers out of work (the majority of those being from the immigrant community, who deserve more opportunity, not less). The City is proposing to limit the number of vehicles on uberX to 100, and the number of hours drivers can drive to 16 per week.
This will effectively shut uberX down.
This is exactly what the Committee promised not to do after hearing from you in September and seeing over 12,000 signatures on the #SAVEuberXsea petition.
The approach reflected in the current draft reflects fundamental misunderstandings about the size, importance, economics and operations of the industry the Committee seeks to regulate.
The proposal issued by the Committee is, without a doubt, the most destructive we have seen across more than sixty markets.
Seattle is our home. We cannot allow the Committee to take 10 steps back by approving such an ill-advised structure that seeks to protect the status quo. It is almost 2014 and this is Seattle – we should be supporting innovation, competition and freedom of choice instead of monopolies and outdated models that serve only a few.
What can you do to make sure you don’t lose your ability to get around Seattle on uberX? Write to the Seattle City Council and share your thoughts. Tweet them, post on their Facebook pages and make sure they know how much you rely on and enjoy uberX.
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General Manager, Uber Seattle