Sources: SF Examiner, Lyft and Sidecar, Fox News, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) [PDF]
quote: **Side note: It's not fair to say that cabs in India and China are the way they are because they are "unregulated". For one thing, they certainly are regulated - Enforcement varies and there are many moonlighters and exceptions and corruption etc. that degrade that system. More importantly, however, is that those countries are developing - they face a superset of problems that faced America more than a hundred years ago. Regulation was part of the road from then to now for us, but I really doubt that if all cab regulations in the US were abolished tomorrow somehow service would degrade appreciably and people would be less safe even 20 years later - Consumers expect a certain level of service and business owners would ignore that at their peril.
quote: The cabs were filthy, the driving was substandard and often frightening, and there was no fee schedule posted anywhere, it was all negotiation.
quote: If their standards are so high why are they not licensing themselves properly? Where in your article does it say they were precluded from becoming properly licensed taxi companies? The government stepped in long ago and made these laws, plenty of companies do business abiding by them. It's these and only these companies who have come along and broken them, and they are being excluded because they are unlicensed, illegal taxi operations.
quote: Your xenophobia is hilarious. How dare those immigrants come to our country and get jobs driving people around?
quote: Earning money for driving people around should be reserved for internet startups and rich white people with free time on their hands
quote: Why should we prevent the average Joe from using his minivan as a bus? Why should we prevent any average man with a hammer from being a carpenter? Those laws are just there to protect carpenters.
quote: It is entirely accurate that my opinion is that human services jobs are best staffed by citizens who have strong conversation skills in the primary language of the land. However, I have no biases when it comes to the race of the employees. To suggest otherwise is a pure bullsh-t.In the U.S. the primary language is English. If you can't speak English well (which is true of at least a third of the cabbies I've encountered personally) I'd advise you not to take a job that requires a high level of banter and interaction skills i.e. the transportation sector.
quote: But it never is. For any large city the transit authority gets thousands -- if not tens or hundreds of thousands (or in NYC's case millions) of dollars per taxicab per year.
quote: Licensing is a protectionist racket.
quote: As for your last point, citation needed. No one has blocked Uber, Lyft or others. If they are already exceeding all of the standards of taxi services, they should have no problem simply registering as a taxi service.
quote: I do not suggest that Lyft, Uber or others are horrible. I rode in Uber down in San Jose and it was clean, professional and well done. But that is missing the point. Once the standard is set others will enter that market, and a race to the bottom will begin. I have seen the end results of that.
quote: Of 16 fatal or serious crashes since 2009 examined by The Post, only two of the drivers had their licenses revoked, according to a review based on a Freedom of Information Act request.
quote: You can't just "register as a taxi service".
quote: For example in NYC you pay anywhere from $100K to $1M USD to operate a cab, depending on city district.
quote: The industry regularly hires shady consulting groups to manipulate the data to try to make it look as if taxi drivers are safer that normal drivers. But they actively resist the actual accident numbers being made public, as do the traffic authorities.
quote: Pay-to-play protection regulations rackets have very little to do with public safety and everything to do with both local officials and the businesses in on the racket maximizing profits.
quote: don't know how much travel outside of the country you have done, Jason, but having just returned from China I can tell you that the regulated system we have now is far preferable to what I found there, or in India or other nations with unregulated systems.