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Turo OpenRoad is a community of people passionate about peer-to-peer car sharing and how policy impacts them. Join OpenRoad to stay informed about the political and regulatory issues that affect you as a member of the peer-to-peer car sharing industry, and make your voice heard.
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December 2016 – Re-Wire Discussion with Office of California Attorney General
California Special Assistant Attorney General Justin Erlich hosted a Re-Wire sharing economy roundtable discussion December 12 to hear from industry players about the regulatory challenges they are facing. Lyft, Upwork, and home-food sharing network Josephine joined Turo in a robust discussion about how regulators and incumbents can inhibit innovation with overzealous regulatory action. Many in the room agreed that regulations cannot keep pace with technological change and urged the Office of the Attorney General to explore new ways of encouraging development of new ideas before they are quashed in disproportionate effort to protect consumers or “level the playing field.” Brand new ideas, like the marketplace that Turo offers car owners and travelers, should be allowed to flourish in order to address societal and economic concerns.
December 2016 – Turo Government Relations Participates in TechNet State Policy Conference
TechNet held a State Policy Conference in Napa, CA on December 7–8, bringing together several dozen state legislators and government relations representatives from a wide range of high-tech companies. Representatives from a diverse cut of industries — telecom, transportation network companies, car manufacturers, electrical charging stations — discussed a wide range of topics, including innovation in the transportation space. Turo’s representative, Michelle Peacock, pointed out that Turo’s business model positively impacts nearly all aspects of the innovation in transportation sector. Turo’s customers rely on strong mobile phone coverage to communicate with each other, many Uber and Lyft drivers place their cars on Turo to earn money when they aren’t driving, car manufacturers appreciate that Turo car owners can make back the cost of car ownership by sharing their car, and, with the proliferation of electric cars on the Turo network, charging stations will become more and more important.
Program like the TechNet State Policy Conference are outstanding opportunities to showcase a particular business model or technology to interested legislators and to build support for ideas and concepts that could enhance the regulatory regimes for Turo and our customers. Turo Government Relations plans to stay engaged in this and other programs.
December 2, 2016 – Albany Times Union Op-Ed “State Actions Belie its Rhetoric on Tech”
The Internet Association’s Vice President of State Government Affairs penned a recent Op-Ed that calls out the New York State government for a disparity between their words about innovation and the actions the policymakers have made with respect to growing this sector. The message calls on both Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to remain open to discussing how innovation solutions benefit the entire state. Click here to read the op-ed.
November 2016 – Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Invites Turo to Speak on “Tourism and the Sharing Economy: Embracing the Disruption”
Turo’s Government Relations team was proud to participate in the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario alongside representatives from Uber and Airbnb, November 20–21, 2016. The panel discussion ranged from regulatory concerns to tax collection, and the interaction with and questions from the audience were interesting and at times a little controversial. It was an excellent opportunity to introduce Turo to a new audience of tourism-focused businesses and professionals.