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