Friday, September 13, 2013

Regulators Join Rising National Trend Prohibiting Rogue Smartphone Apps

Transportation regulators are joining a growing movement across the United States to curb the unsafe, unregulated expansion of rogue car service apps. The International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) is pleased to announce that efforts informing regulators of problems associated with rogue ridesharing apps are gaining significant traction.

In the last few weeks, regulators in Los Angeles ordered apps Uber, Lyft and SideCar to cease operations immediately. In Philadelphia, SideCar suspended operations after receiving pushback from regulators. Local authorities in Austin, meanwhile, have proposed changes that would adopt IATR model regulations allowing technology to flourish while also holding apps accountable to the public and to regulators. Pending IATR opposition, SideCar closed its operations and was shut down by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) has also submitted comments warning of the threat to public safety posed by deregulation of the for-hire vehicle industry. These and many other actions taken by individual states suggest that although rogue app companies are attempting to expand at a rapid pace throughout the country, there seems to be a general consensus among regulators that these apps are dangerous.

A summary of recent legal developments that have hindered rogue app companies and, in some cases, caused them to cease operations, can be found at www.iatr.org/IATRAppCommittee.html.

The IATR is a peer group of taxi, limousine and for-hire transportation regulators. It is dedicated to improving the practice of licensing, enforcement and administration of for-hire transportation through the sharing of information and resources. For a summary of state-by-state rogue app developments, visit www.iatr.org/PresidentUpdate-July2013.html.

1 comment:

  1. This is good initiative taken by the high authority of the transportation for the safety of public. I am also thankful to for sharing this informative post.

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