Help Sharing Economy Enterprises Meet Regulations Instead of Shutting Them Down

Target: City of San Francisco

Goal: Urge the city of San Francisco to help “sharing economy” enterprises such as FlightCar meet regulations instead of shutting them down

FlightCar, a car rental business run by three teenagers in San Francisco, is facing shutdown because their business did not comply with city regulations.  The city of San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against FlightCar, accusing it of not following rules of pickup and drop-off and not paying dues to the San Francisco Airport where their customers are parking their cars.

FlightCar is a business that is part of the “sharing economy,” a term for an economic system where people share their houses and cars to minimize cost and maximize efficiency.  The business allows airport goers to park their cars for free at the airport, then rents the cars out and gives part of the profits to the car owner.

Such enterprises allow car owners to save on airport parking and allow cars to be used to their maximize efficiency while also providing convenience to people who fly to San Francisco and want to rent cars at a close, easily accessible location.  While it may be wrong for companies to ignore government regulations, these businesses are benefitting people’s lives and should not be shut down.  Instead, the city should work with the business to help them meet regulations and avoid punishment.

By signing this petition you will help urge the city of San Francisco to work with sharing economy enterprises to meet regulations so that they can continue to operate and provide conveniences in people’s lives.


Dear City of San Francisco,

Recently, I learned that a sharing economy business named FlightCar is facing shutdown because of its failures to comply with government regulations.  As I understand it, FlightCar is a business that parks airport goers’ cars for free, rents parked cars out to people, and gives the car owners a share of the profit.

Such businesses allow car owners to save money on parking and provide a close, convenient rental service to those who arrive at the airport and need to use a car.  I believe that their efforts should be encouraged, not suppressed, and urge that the city help FlightCar and other sharing economy companies to meet city regulations instead of forcing them to shut down.


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