Allow Uber to continue to operate
  • Petitioned Division of Standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Division of Standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Allow Uber to continue to operate

    1. Jason Henrichs
    2. Petition by

      Jason Henrichs

      Boston, MA

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August 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Jason Henrichs: Thanks to your support, the Division of Standards released an update this evening that Uber has been green lighted. It appears they just learned the National Institute of Standards is already evaluating GPS for certification and therefore Uber can receive a temporary operating certificate to continue operation. Great news for everyone looking for a comfortable ride that shows up at the appointed time, has a courteous driver, accepts debit or credit and has working AC. But what if there hadn't been a rapid public outcry? Is it OK to stifle innovation if no one notices? Should government serve the incumbents or the citizens ? It's amazing to live in a country where our voices can be heard and those voices make a difference. It's frustrating that without vigilance the best of interest of the people behind those voices is not always served.

The Commonwealth is stifling innovation by issuing a cease & desist against Uber. The claim that it doesn’t have guidelines in place for GPS location technology as the reason to order Uber to cease operations rather than working with them cultivate an environment that serves customers and young companies only benefits the incumbents while consumers and our local economy suffer. Consumers want Uber - the C&D doesn't cite consumer complaints that they were overcharged or concerned about the GPS technology as the reason to cease operations. Further, if Boston is to continue to be a hot bed of start ups and innovation, we need to provide an environment where new ideas and business models can take root.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
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      Jason Henrichs
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support, the Division of Standards released an update this evening that Uber has been green lighted. It appears they just learned the National Institute of Standards is already evaluating GPS for certification and therefore Uber can receive a temporary operating certificate to continue operation. Great news for everyone looking for a comfortable ride that shows up at the appointed time, has a courteous driver, accepts debit or credit and has working AC.

      But what if there hadn't been a rapid public outcry? Is it OK to stifle innovation if no one notices? Should government serve the incumbents or the citizens ?

      It's amazing to live in a country where our voices can be heard and those voices make a difference. It's frustrating that without vigilance the best of interest of the people behind those voices is not always served.

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lindsey Mark WATERTOWN, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Über is an awesome service & this C&D order limits the choice of consumers. It's bad for Bostonians & bad for the local economy. Shame on our govt for hindering innovation and caving to the cries of cab companies that clearly seek to take advantage of the system.

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    • Melissa Diaz BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Save transportation options and Uber is a great company that organizes it

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    • Reagan Gray BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      It safe, reliable and convenient. I don't drive much so I rely on Uber.

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    • Noah Bullock CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Massachusetts needs to be an innovation hub.

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    • elizabeth Rich DOVER, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Why stifle innovation..

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