San Francisco, London, France…. taxicab commissions complaining again. This news today only echoes what has happened in the past.
Seattle anarchists for Starbucks but against Uber
Nothing new under the Sun. Uber Article from 2012 outlining underlying issues
All of a sudden, taxi companies around the globe want to use social media today to promote a global complaint against a company that is simply using technology to make life simpler for the common traveler.
Yet for decades the public has cried out to these taxi cab companies complaining about the quality of the vehicles, the safety of the drivers, the failure to stop racial profiling, to cease from skipping mobility impaired ride requests, to stop harassing customers into paying cash… The list goes on. video of a recent cab fight
Yet they do not want the cameras to go inside of their offices to uncover internal workings… to discover dispatchers extorting drivers in an effort to give them more dispatched work, the outrageous cost of medallions and licensing and permits, the bribery techniques of many of these taxi companies used as a technique to control local enforcement agencies and lobbying arms. Dispatchers busted in NY sting
In the DC/Virginia area alone there was a major crack down in 2012 that shows what a taxi company and Commission can do when it is allowed to run amuck…and this with regulations in place. FBI Sting on DC Taxicab Commission
Same for Boston: Boston Taxi bust
We see what happens when SuperShuttle pays off wrongful death claims to quiet the media. SuperShuttle Fatality 2011
Yet they have a problem with transportation networks such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, ….what is that?
Recent road rage incident…
Even some limo companies have joined the bandwagon with these taxi cab companies, some of these limo companies are even buying out taxi cab companies and joining in the fray of complaints against online transportation network businesses… which, by the way, is the wave of the future.
Once again we see what the old regime considers “unfair”, and the newcomer just saying they are “the new player in town”. Taxis and Limo companies trying desperately to keep them from competitively entering the market with its creativity. Yet they didn’t complain about grass roots rideshare efforts…until now.
So they cry out to local goverments to put a stop to this entrepreneurism…to halt their progress..to change the laws to benefit the old regime once again.
Even the media is trying to label Uber as the “worst trade of the day”. CNBC is all over this right now. CNBC on Uber protest
But we forget how taxis were not serving the public in a way to prevent persons from waiting an hour for a cab…thus the reason Uber was initially started….. as a company called Ubercab! Don’t forget about taxicabs and their citywide moratoriums: Chinatown link to Taxi Bribery
They complained about Lebron…
They complained about Amazon…
Keep on Uber-ing!!!!
Oh.. more on the recent taxi road rage epidemic. NYC incident