Uber SF’s Response to PUC Citation

We take the law very seriously at Uber. Every single transportation provider that Uber works with in California is properly licensed with the PUC. That means every State of California requirement, with respect to the commercial transportation of passengers, has been met by Uber partners. These requirements include, among others, insurance minimums, equipment specifications, and drug and alcohol testing programs.

Uber is fundamentally different than the “P2P” transportation companies Lyft and Sidecar, which do not require providers to be properly licensed with the PUC. The question from the PUC with regards to Uber is only whether Uber itself should be licensed as a charter-party carrier, which would double-regulate us on top of our already-regulated transportation partners. For example, there is no value in having the DMV conduct a second, and identical, inspection on a vehicle they have already approved. We believe this redundant level of regulation is unnecessary and detrimental to our partners and riders.

Uber connects hundreds of thousands of its California riders with reliable, high-quality transportation providers. We will continue to work with the PUC to ensure that innovative transportation options can flourish here in California. We want to continue offering choice to riders, new sources of income to thousands of licensed transportation providers and their families, and a boost to the economy of our state.

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