At a gathering of U.S. mayors in Sacramento on Sunday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he is not waiting for city permission before operating when competitor Lyft seems to get its service off the ground without bothering to wait. The Sacramento Business Journal reported Kalanick’s statement, “If other companies are able to operate and there is no enforcement of the regulations or the laws, then we are going to take that as tacit approval.”
Uber has been sued in several cities that have clamped down on the ride sharing service because it is taking business away from city cab drivers, its drivers don’t have detailed background checks and its airport rides are illegal in some areas.
West Sacramento Mayor, Christopher Cabaldon, challenged Lyft CEO Logan Green over what Cabaldon believes is a shift in the strategy of ridesharing companies from working together with governments to complaining about certain laws. “That’s the issue I’m trying to understand, ” said Chabaldon, “Am I being played, or is there an end game we are getting to the finish line together on?”
Green praised the actions of some states that remove rule-writing burdens on individual cities. In some cases, there have been proposals to ease up on the regulations concerning background checks.