Marron is right. Deregulating the taxi industry has been tried and failed. During the 70s and 80s, over 20 American cities attempted it and the result was terrible. Unethical operators flooded the market and caused a noxious environment of circuitous routes, price-gouging, no-shows, trip refusals, aggressive solicitations and fights between drivers.
Some people believe technology will prevent this from happening again. But technology won’t help poor and disabled passengers.
Taxis are a public utility—designed to serve the public interest—particularly the poor and disabled. But ridesharing taxis won’t serve people who don’t have a smart phone, credit card or use a wheelchair. And because their fleet sizes aren’t regulated, ridesharing taxis are flooding the roads with an unlimited number of vehicles. As legitimate taxi drivers’ incomes drop, their ability and willingness to serve profit-neutral fares, like the poor and disabled, will drop precipitously.
Traditional taxi drivers will simply be too desperate to reliably help poor and disabled passengers.
This is a devastating critique of ridesharing companies.
I'm with you. I'd rather wait for a taxi and be safe than take a ride in a clown mobile with everything to lose.
This is a devastating critique of ridesharing.
To this, I would add one thing. One of the biggest lies perpetuated by ridesharing companies is that they are environmentally friendly. In fact, ridesharing companies flood the roads with an unlimited number of vehicles playing taxi driver.
The reason this number is unlimited is because ridesharing companies are unregulated. Regulation limits the number of taxis on the roads, and thus, limits the damage vehicles can do to the environment.
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