TechNet Opposes Anti-Car Sharing Lawsuit Filed by San Francisco Airport
San Francisco — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today voiced its opposition to the lawsuit filed against Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing platform, by the San Francisco City Attorney on behalf of San Francisco International Airport.
“This lawsuit represents a gross misunderstanding of how sharing economy services work and the economic opportunities they create,” said Andrea Deveau, TechNet’s Vice President of State Policy and Politics. “It will stifle innovation and opportunities in the car-sharing market and hurt those who rely on these options to conveniently and affordably get around.
“When government doesn't understand an innovative new product or service and refuses to adapt, it resorts to frivolous, taxpayer-funded lawsuits like this that only hurt economic growth and income opportunities for everyday Americans,” Deveau added.
The lawsuit, which benefits multi-billion-dollar rental car companies, attempts to undermine California’s thriving sharing economy and create an uneven playing field that favors rental car giants.
In 2010, California’s legislature endorsed the “sharing economy” model for cars by amending the California Insurance Code to recognize “personal vehicle sharing programs” as a new kind of entity, separate and distinct from rental car companies.
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