Saturday, March 26, 2016

In Defense Of Uber

Speaking of Uber. that new taxi service I mentioned the other day, it's been taking heat from various interests. Most notably, old style cab companies upset with those who threaten their monopoly. 

Reason magazine has an article by an Uber driver describing why he likes it and, perhaps more importantly, why at least one other writer doesn't. It will be interesting to see how Uber fares, especially in this state, with so many people who think as the Uber critic in the story does.


At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It strikes me as slightly-safer-than-hitchhiking for a fee.

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another option would be to deregulate the taxi industry. You have a heavily regulated industry competing against a totally unregulated industry. It's not a monopoly. There are multiple competing taxicab companies but they have onerous rules and regs. It's like a new restaurant coming to town that gets to call all of their workers independent contractors, ignore labor laws, bypass health inspections, city permits, licensing and insurance requirements. Of course, they will provide a good cheap service. If people want Uber, take the shackles off the cab companies so they can give the same service. Get rid of meter inspections, rules about where you can and can't park, driver permitting, training requirements, really strict insurance requirements, hour of day and ADA accessibility requirements, and the like.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...


And the reason why the cslb wants more business owners and less employees is to admittedly avoid regulatory oversights that were too much to begin with and have only hurt business in California.

Kinda eery how similar "independent contracting is to rental units"........ Employers decide hiring is bad because it costs too much and rental owners won't rent because they cost too much.

Costs dictate society!


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