(KUTV) – Legislators will likely have an opportunity to comment on how the Salt Lake City International Airport regulates the companies that operate there.
At the center of the problem is an app, similar to Airbnb, Uber or Lyft, which allows drivers to rent their vehicles to other drivers for a daily fee.
Several drivers using the service, Turohave been arrested and may be subject to prosecution for the exchange of vehicles on passenger lanes.
"I think it's ridiculous," Michelle Peacock, vice president of government relations at Turo, told 2News. "The fact that someone just accesses the airport and does not have any more impact on the airport than if you were going to pick up your flying grandmother," he said. Is a ridiculous criminalization of a daily activity. "
The Libertas Institute, based in Utah, provided 2News with a video of the police body 's camera showing the SLC airport police arresting Turo drivers.
"Every year, it seems like new businesses are struggling to comply with these outdated regulations," said Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, at 2News.
The airport ran in similar problems when Uber and Lyft came to town A few years ago. Businesses finally reached a deal with the airport, which requires that all companies that operate on his property be registered and obtain an authorization.
Airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer told 2News on Monday afternoon that the airport had issued Turo with a draft permit allowing it to operate legally.
"We hope that they will have a license and that they will begin legal operations at the airport in the near future," Volmer wrote in a statement.
Peacock says the company is disappointed with the airport's proposal as it treats Turo as a traditional car rental company.
"This is a completely different sector and it is really disappointing to hear that these airports are so influenced by this very powerful and well-funded entity that uses its influence to end the competition," Peacock said.
According to Peacock, major car rental companies are putting pressure on the country's airports to limit Turo's ability to operate. She pointed out that Turo does not need airport facilities to store or refuel a fleet of vehicles.
"Please regulate us as a peer-to-peer car sharing company; we will pay fees, we will share information, we will make it work, "said Peacock.
The Libertas Institute hopes that Turo's problems will be solved by law.
"They are just connecting people to each other and the problem with regulators, at the moment, is that they treat these companies as if they were participating in them," he said. Boyack.
Mr. Boyack added that some details of the bill were still being finalized, but it was felt that it will be tabled in the Legislature this week.