Jerry Brito on Setting Lyft and Uber Free
Virginia regulators seem determined to apply nonsensical rules to Lyft and Uber.
Technological innovation sometimes makes laws obsolete.
Consider the "Red Flag Laws" of the late 19th century, which required early automobiles traveling on roads to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag in order to warn others on horses of the vehicle's approach.
Today, most states require cars traveling on roads to have a human driver at the wheel—a regulation that to our descendants will sound just as preposterous as flag-waving does to us.
And yet Virginia regulators seem determined to apply nonsensical rules to Lyft and Uber, writes Jerry Brito.
Rather than react defensively, regulators should allow for permission-less innovation while they determine if and how they will ultimately proceed, according to Brito.