The Virginia Senate and House Committees on Transportation has asked the state Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct a survey of transportation service companies and associations to determine if current law is sufficient to properly regulate new mobile-based transportation companies.
The purpose of the survey is to obtain feedback that will be used to facilitate further discussion over current and future transportation laws. According to a letter requesting interested stakeholders to take part in the survey, the “Commonwealth recognizes the popularity of these services and does not want to stifle creative uses of technology, but has a duty to provide certain public safety protection." Mobile app-based transportation services are not legal under current state law.
Glenn Stafford Jr., (Love Limousine) and president of the Virginia Limousine Association (VLA), said the DMV has been “tasked by the legislature to come up with a plan for handling Uber,” adding that the “VLA is discussing the issue and the best approach to engage the DMV in handling regulations and responsibilities of passenger transportation providers.”
— Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor