The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will vote in September on whether to pass rules to allow smartphone-enabled transportation services like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX to flourish in California. Established interests – like the taxicab industry – that are threatened by competition are putting pressure on the CPUC to maintain the status quo and NOT pass these rules. But transportation is too important not to innovate in California. The CPUC’s decision could determine the fate of rideshare nationwide.
As a rideshare leader, I applaud the CPUC and its President, Michael Peevey, for moving in favor of innovation, safety and consumer choice by proposing new rules for transportation alternatives like Sidecar. We are fueling a movement to create transportation options that are not only safe and convenient but are better for the environment, the economy and our communities. Our drivers are passionate about what they do. They love that they can leverage something that's theirs to help defray the costs of owning a car, starting a new business or paying off student loans. Sidecar allows Californians to connect with their neighbors and meet awesome people while doing something that makes this state an even better place to live through shared rides.
We’ve come a long way from last year’s August cease and desist order to being considered part of a new transportation category by the CPUC. But we are not there yet. The shared transportation movement has the potential to enrich the lives of millions of Californians. Please join me and sign this petition: Ask the CPUC to pass the proposed ridesharing regulations and protect the future of ridesharing in California.