Uber and its run-ins with local governments across the world are nothing new. But struggling to find a way around India’s archaic regulations, Uber has reached out to its customers for help.
The American ride-hailing service today filed a petition to urge the state government of Karnataka to revoke a ban on its ride-sharing services in the state.
Uber is seeking 50,000 people to sign the petition, and testify that that the city of Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, needs ride-sharing services. Nearly 10,000 people have already signed the petition at the time of writing.
The transportation department of Karnataka deemed ride-sharing offerings like Uber’s UberPOOL and its local competitor Ola’s Ola Share illegal in the state. Earlier this week, state officials issued a directive to both the companies ordering them to withdraw the pool-services from the state by today.