Uber and Lyft drivers will no longer have to fear getting fined for operating in Virginia. Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles is reversing the ban on the ride-share apps in the Commonwealth as of Wednesday according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The CEA, which had lobbied against the ban alongside other tech organizations, was first out with a response to the news, even before the official releases have come out. We’ll be reporting more as the story develops.
“We are encouraged by reports that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking steps to allow innovative transportation network providers Uber and Lyft to operate in the Commonwealth,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA in the release. “As we noted from the moment the DMV issued a ‘cease-and-desist’ order to these companies, denying them the ability to operate in Virginia is anti-consumer, anti-jobs and directly at odds with Virginia’s reputation as a pro-business state.”
Uber and Lyft aren’t totally out of the woods yet. Talks are ongoing about finding a solution to the regulatory issues presented by how the companies operate, but it’s definitely a positive sign for those who are fans of the ride-share app system.
“We applaud Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his leadership on this issue and the DMV for listening to the voices of Virginia’s consumers and entrepreneurs,” Shapiro said. “We also urge the Virginia legislature to craft a long-term solution to allow ride sharing throughout the state and to let the world know: Virginia stands for innovation.”
This post will be updated as more information comes in.
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