I’ve long since run out of unique ways to describe the bizarre regulatory practices of the state of California, so we may as well just jump straight into this one. The topic at hand concerns a business called GoGo Grandparent. The company offers a service targeting both the elderly and the vision impaired. For those unwilling or unable to use a modern “smart” cellphone, they would summon an Uber for them. In exchange, they tacked on a charge of 27 cents per mile. While it’s a business and not a charitable organization, it’s still a pretty nice service for people without full access to modern tech, don’t you think?
Well, the state of California disagrees. They determined that GoGo Grandparent should be defined as “a for-hire transportation service” and, as such, needed a million dollars in liability insurance and would have to pay a huge fine for not being in compliance. The full story is at Reason.
California regulators are trying to crack down on a company that orders Ubers for the blind and elderly.
In February, the Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division (CPED) of the California Public Utilities Commission—the state body that regulates transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft—issued a citation to GoGo Grandparent for operating a for-hire transportation service without permission.
Regulators demanded that the company pay a $10,000 fine and obtain the necessary permit to run a transportation network company, which would involve getting $1 million liability insurance for its vehicles and handing over lists of its drivers to the state.