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  (Source: LA Times)
Taxi unions say government regulation is essential to "safeguard" the public from itself

Sources: SF Examiner, Lyft and Sidecar, Fox News, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) [PDF]





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RE: Hitchhiking?
By verteron on 4/5/2014 3:48:19 AM , Rating: 3
Right, if by "called" you mean "stick your thumb out," because communication gets easier with digital apps. Don't hitchhikers always ask you to go someplace you were not planning on going? It may be along the way, but it still is not your current destination. And not all hitchhikers are bums, some actually compensate for the courtesy of a ride. I did when I ran out of gas for instance.

Try to understand both sides before you pass judgement. I am on the fence on this still. I don't think that it should be outlawed, but it does basically provide the same service.

I think the real problem is the fees and corruption of the taxi industry. If it did not cost $1 million for a medallion in New York, then maybe cab rides would not be so expensive and there would be no need of these apps. But this is certainly not as big a problem everywhere.


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