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