No Ticketing of Uber, Lyft Drivers in Arizona
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Thursday that his move to stop state regulators from ticketing drivers for rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft is legitimate as it is intended to meet his goal of nurturing cutting-edge businesses.
"Companies like Uber and Lyft are innovative, entrepreneurial technologies, and I want to see those companies thrive. Ducey told reporters Thursday after speaking at a school-choice rally", Ducey told reporters Thursday after speaking at a school-choice rally.
The decision means that drivers are now allowed to pick up passengers without fear of being nabbed for not having commercial insurance or licenses.
New Weights and Measures Director Andy Tobin ordered "stop ticketing" on Wednesday. He will also ask state lawyers to drop citations already issued.
According to Ducey, a new industry that creates jobs was being stifled by the enforcement from the Department of Weights and Measures. The move to refuse to enforce the law came on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Ride-share services have gained immense popularity among consumers as they can secure rides via smartphone apps. Steve Thompson, Uber Arizona general manager, said Ducey's decision has thrilled them.
Thompson added that they are looking forward to work with the governor and state leaders to lay out smart regulations that bolster innovation, support entrepreneurship, and put consumer choice and safety first.
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