L.A. Shuts Down Ride-App Services, Provides a Lesson on RegulationSubmitted by Marc Clair on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:30
Many of my friends here in Los Angeles are rightfully outraged at the cease-and-desist order that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation sent to up and coming, popular ride-app companies Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, ordering them to halt business within the City of Los Angeles.
LA Weekly ran a portion of the the letter sent by LA DOT taxicab administrator Thomas Dischler, which accuses the three upstart companies of:
… operating an unlicensed, for-profit commercial transportation service in the City of Los Angeles. In the interest of public safety, Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are hereby directed to cease and desist from picking up passengers within the City of Los Angeles.
Well thankfully we have our lords and saviors of the City of Los Angeles DOT to keep us “safe” from those dastardly ride-sharing companies! Of course, all government regulation at any level is done in the name of keeping the otherwise-ignorant citizens “safe” from one thing or another. Whether it’s large sodas, frisbees, or ride-sharing services, bureaucrats everywhere are always itching for the next industry or company they can ban, or at least regulate and get their cut.
If my Facebook feed is any indication, these services (Lyft in particular) have become fairly popular out here in La-La Land. Are all of my peers who use these services too stupid to decide if the ones they choose are safe or not? How many times has one of us been in a crazy taxicab going 90 mph swerving all over the road, or been cut off by one? Does anyone actually believe that “certified” taxi drivers are somehow magically safer to be driving us around town than a driver of any one of these ride-share services?