The Virginia Dept. Of Motor Vehicles has sent cease and desist letters to car services Uber and Lyft. I’ve been a big fan of Uber for a while now and I don’t expect them to go away. But, it has to be frustrating trying to establish themselves in certain markets amidst the minefield of legislation and special interests who are fighting against them.
From this report and others it sounds like Uber is working with Virginia DMV to change the legislation in the state to allow them to operate legally. They’ve now responded saying they’re not going to stop operating but hope the DMV will continue their process to change current policy. That’s a bit of a dangerous course but I don’t know that Virginia has an effective way to stop them.
I’m not terribly surprised by the move since I was recently harassed by the police getting into an Uber car at Dulles airport. I’m not sure how this will affect Uber driver’s ability to pick folks up from the airports. I’ll be sorely disappointed if Uber goes away and I have to stand in hour long cab lines.