$150 may not seem like a lot to Uber, but the company is sticking to its principles in not giving in and spending the money for a permit in California.
The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has said that Uber needs to apply for a $150 permit in order to operate self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco.
Uber just began its self-driving service to customers in San Francisco on Wednesday. The DMV sent a letter hours after to the company, ordering them to cease operations until it obtains a license to test and operate autonomous vehicles on public roads. The DMV said it would pursue legal action otherwise.
Anthony Levandowski, VP of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, said the company would not be applying for the permit because it doesn’t believe the regulations surrounding self-driving cars apply to its vehicles. He made these remarks at a conference call with reporters convened late Friday afternoon.
“You don’t need to wear a belt and suspenders and whatever else, things that don’t apply, if you’re wearing a dress,” Levandowski said. “If you’re driving a car, you don’t need a fish and game permit.”