Do You Believe in Sharing?

car getting towed

Cars in Philadelphia and Austin are at risk of being impounded for sharing.

If you believe in the sharing economy the time has come to lend your voice. Please sign our petition to support the right to share resources in Philadelphia, Austin and elsewhere.

Please sign our petition.

Yesterday we received a cease and desist letter from The Austin Transportation Department that alleges SideCar is violating city code by operating as an illegal taxi company. We also learned recently that the Austin City Council will vote tomorrow on a law that would make it a crime to share gas money for a carpool. This law will allow local taxi regulators to file criminal charges and impound the vehicles of anyone who shares a ride and exchanges compensation of any kind.

We firmly disagree with The Austin Transportation Department’s contention that SideCar is an illegal taxi service or that people who use SideCar (or carpools for that matter) to get matched for a shared ride are criminals. Here are copies of the memo and letter we submitted  addressing Austin’s City Transportation Code. SideCar will continue to operate in Austin as scheduled.

SideCar is not a taxi company. SideCar is a smartphone app that instantly matches people for peer-to-peer ridesharing. SideCar drivers are regular, everyday people willing to give rides to people who need them. People pay what they want and drivers choose when they drive, how often they drive and where they go. Drivers love SideCar because it helps them pay the costs associated with having a car.

We’ve had a busy week. Last weekend SideCar was the target of an orchestrated sting operation conducted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), which regulates taxis.

SideCar leads a movement to build a transportation sharing economy that results in a cleaner, greener and a more socially connected community. We believe that having the right to offer a technology platform that enables the sharing of resources is an important principle for the entire sharing economy.

Innovation is under attack.  Innovators have always faced opposition from traditionalists who are threatened by new ways of thinking. Battles may ensue but in the end innovation will win.

Transportation is too important to close the door on innovation.  We created SideCar because we have a vision to leverage technology to empower communities to solve their own transportation problems. We have a vision for transportation that is more affordable, sustainable and fun. Ridesharing isn’t a commercial transaction – it’s the community pulling together to fix transportation. The question is will the community stand up for what is right and not let the buddies of taxi companies run the show?

Innovation will not happen if government regulators are in charge.  Imagine this: What if “meter maids” ran Twitter?

Politicians care about how their city is viewed by the rest of the world. With enough signatures and calls, they will take action to give sharing a chance.

1) Please sign our petition.


2) Email Mayor Lee Leffingwell or call his office at (512) 974-2250.


2) Email Mayor Michael Nutter or call his office at  (215) 686-2181

Leave a polite, but firm message that you support the sharing economy and to please give innovation a chance to flourish in your city.

Please share this blog post on Twitter and Facebook:

Do you believe in sharing? We need your voice: #defendsharing

Thank you and

Ride On!

Sunil Paul
SideCar Technologies, Inc.

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