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Statement on Recent Developments to Allow Ridesharing in Virginia

Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association’s President and CEO, Michael Beckerman, issues the following statement on recent developments to allow ridesharing in Virginia:

“The Internet industry applauds the temporary authority granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow innovative and popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate on Virginia’s streets. This development is an important first step towards embracing competition, innovation, and consumer choice in transportation, but it must be followed with permanent authority for rideshare platforms to serve residents of Virginia.

“Consumers have overwhelmingly embraced rideshare platforms as a safe and reliable transportation option, and cities and states should work to integrate ridesharing into their communities, instead of using outdated regulations to protect monopolies and restrict choice.”