Will Uber’s new car-leasing pilot be the next frontier for regulators?

Uber recently rolled out a company-owned car-leasing program, Xchange Leasing, in select markets. This action, along with pending lawsuits against Uber, show that as the innovative transportation network company’s (TNC) business model continues to evolve, government remains a major player in how things will shake out.

Uber Technologies, Inc. is head quartered in San Francisco. Prior to TNCs, the California Public Utility Commission regulated three modes of passenger transportation for compensation: taxi services (also regulated by cities and/or counties); transportation charter-party carrier services (limousines, airport shuttles, sightseeing services, charter and scheduled bus operators, moving companies) and passenger-stage companies (on-call, door-to-door airport shuttle-type service).

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