Regulators, lawsuits attack Uber and Lyft

by Walter Olson on June 10, 2014

Taxi regulators and taxi operators join to conspire against the consumer interest [Glenn Reynolds, USA Today; Matthew Feeney, Cato (including link to Cato podcast), more (Illinois, Maryland, Australia, and an ADA complaint in Texas)] “Austin, Texas, Impounds Cars Because Their Drivers Were Giving People Lifts” [Brian Doherty, Reason]

Update June 11: Demanding a stop to consumer-driven Uber — but inadvertently making the most eloquent case for it — London black cab drivers are barricading key intersections today, and Paris taximen are deliberately driving airport fares at snail’s pace. [Lara Prendergast, The Spectator]

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1 DensityDuck 06.10.14 at 11:17 am

Well, it makes some degree of sense. People will only pay a protection racket if the racket actually protects something. I’m sure that the cab companies and all those independent operators would happily charge Uber/Lyft prices, take ride reservations by phone, all the rest of that stuff, but they’re legally prevented from doing it.

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