The Maryland Public Safety Commission has decided,in the People’s Counsel of Maryland’s favor, to make Uber and Lyft applications subject to regulation within the state, according to a release from the counsel.
"After examining Uber's business practices, OPC concluded that Uber is in the transportation business, and is subject to the Commission's oversight.” Paula Carmody the People's Counsel said.
In response to the ruling, Governor Martin O'Malley released this statement:
"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has ranked Maryland as the #1 state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship for three years in a row. As new innovations change the transportation services landscape, we must ensure that our laws and regulations evolve as well - we shouldn't try to limit a 21st century marketplace with 20th century regulations. The Public Service Commission was right when it said that "many industry changes and technological advances have occurred since these regulations were adopted" and that regulatory revisions "may be appropriate to more effectively regulate" innovative transportation companies. I urge the Commission-and the Maryland General Assembly-to ensure that our laws and regulations accommodate and foster new innovations to ensure that Marylanders have choices, while always ensuring that we protect the safety of all Marylanders."
Uber, also responded to the ruling by Maryland Officials, by issuing this statement:
"While the people of Maryland and their elected leaders support innovation and choice, Maryland's PSC is stuck in the days of the horse and buggy. The PSC's attempt to take choice and competition away from Maryland residents to protect big taxi will not stand.
We appreciate Governor O'Malley's commitment to innovation and growth and we will continue to defend the rights of riders and drivers to have access to the safest, most reliable transportation alternatives on the road."