The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and
CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®:
"We are encouraged by reports that the Virginia Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) is taking steps to allow innovative transportation
network providers Uber and Lyft to operate in the Commonwealth. As
we noted from the moment the DMV issued a 'cease-and-desist' order
to these companies, denying them the ability to operate in Virginia is
anti-consumer, anti-jobs and directly at odds with Virginia's reputation
as a pro-business state.
"We urge the DMV to expedite its review of the companies' applications
for Virginia broker's licenses and their request for temporary operating
authority. The sooner the state moves to enable ride sharing services to
operate in the state, the sooner we can help reduce traffic congestion,
provide safe and reliable transportation options for consumers and
continue to promote innovation throughout Virginia.
"We applaud Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his leadership on this
issue and the DMV for listening to the voices of Virginia's consumers
and entrepreneurs. Wealso urge the Virginia legislature to craft a
long-term solution to allow ride sharing throughout the state and to let
the world know: Virginia stands for innovation."
The Innovation Movement unites those who believe innovation is critical
to American global leadership and economic growth, supporting public
policies that encourage and advance American business and shore up our
economy for future generations. To learn more about the campaign and how
to join us, click here.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade
association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics
industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA
membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical
training and education, industry promotion, standards development and
the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and
produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All
profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA
online at www.CE.org,
and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social.
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