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Topic - Reggie Sanders
Popular mobile apps designed to ease the stresses of city life are meeting with resistance — from the cities themselves. Apps that allow users to auction off their prime parking spots or give rides to strangers who would rather not wait for a taxi are bumping up against city regulatory structures that aren't quite sure what to make of them.
The snow may have melted, but travel troubles continue on D.C.-area roads and highways left scarred with car-crippling potholes. Making matters worse, the erratic winter weather that caused the problem is now obstructing efforts to fix it.
App-based services, like MonkeyParking and Uber, are "testing the limits of existing regulations and business practices in managing and operating today's transportation system," D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Reggie Sanders said.
Mr. Sanders, the District transportation spokesman, said that "parking spaces in the District are considered part of the public space, owned by the DDOT. We don't allow any commercial use of public space without a permit, and in this case we don't have a permit that would cover this kind of operation."