There has been a lot of talk about new ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber. I applaud these companies as producers -- they are trying to re-think something as important as taxi service at a fundamental level. Unfortunately, some city governments are stepping in to try to stop them from operating in their cities.
This is ostensibly about safety. However, it doesn't take too much digging to realize that the real issue is the entrenched taxi companies, which don't like competition who thinks outside the box.
Although there have been a few issues with these companies, they have taken steps to recitfy them, and in my opinion using them shouldn't be considered significantly more dangerous than any other everyday activity. Everyone has growing pains. If there are a lot of issues sustained over time, then we might reconsider. But let's cross that bridge if we reach that point, which seems exceedingly unlikely.
How are they producers? They make it simple to get a taxi at a precise location with a smartphone (something most people have anyway) and they employ drivers part time who drive when they want to. They also re-purpose personal cars instead of dedicate cars to being taxis. Seems like a win to me!
Shame on San Antonio and other cities who are trying to hold back progress!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook