Regulators in Colorado want to make it illegal for Uber cabs to come within 200 feet of a hotel, bar or restaurant. Governor John Hickenlooper, who appoints the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) charged with regulating transportation, is remaining suspiciously silent on the rather aggressive proposal.
“He made it very clear that he was not the person trying to put us out of business, but his appointees at the PUC that are trying to put us out of business,” said Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick this morning after a discussion he had with the governor at Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH conference at the Aspen Institute.
The law is, to put it mildly, bizarre. There’s no compelling reason to put a restraining order on smartphone-enabled drivers other than to protect Colorado cabs from the customers who want an alternative. While the governor says he wants Colorado to be a startup-friendly environment, he has…
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