Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision that reaffirms that Uber’s core business model of working with professionally licensed and regulated transportation providers can continue without change, while paving the way for a long-term regulatory framework for peer-to-peer ride-sharing services.
While the proposal does not impact Uber’s core model, it would create a new category of “Transportation Network Companies” (TNCs) that connect passengers with drivers who use personal, non-commercial vehicles. The proposal would establish processes to ensure that all TNCs implement safeguards in terms of safety and insurance, just as uberX has done from the start.
Uber’s technology ensures that consumers have access to a range of superior transportation options that improve driver opportunity and boost the economy of the state. We are pleased that the CPUC’s proposed decision seeks to do the same.
Earlier this year, Uber signed an agreement with the CPUC confirming that Uber is authorized in California, including lower cost and environmentally friendly uberX. In the five months since, Uber’s technology has connected hundreds of thousands of people with safe, reliable, stylish rides in and around San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento.