Municipal government / Transportation

The PPA is fighting to keep uberX illegal in Philly and @joshk is not pleased

“Who is going to regulate our regulators?” tweeted Josh Kopelman, whose firm First Round Capital was an early investor in Uber.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is working to keep uberX illegal in Philadelphia, according to emails uncovered by the Philadelphia Daily News.
The news is at odds with the PPA’s messaging when uberX went rogue and launched in Philadelphia in the fall of 2014. From our story:

“We’re just enforcing the law,” said Taxi and Limousine Division Director Jim Ney. He added that it wasn’t a matter of being “for” or “against” uberX — if the state legislature legalize ridesharing in Philadelphia, the PPA would happily regulate.

Upon reading the Daily News story, Josh Kopelman, whose firm First Round Capital was an early investor in Uber, took to Twitter to express his displeasure.

The Daily News reporter who filed the story, William Bender, took note:

Companies: Philadelphia Parking Authority / Uber

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