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Old 07-01-2014, 10:22 AM  
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D.C. Cab Drivers Choke Streets To Protest Rideshare Companies

D.C. Cab Drivers Choke Streets To Protest Rideshare Companies
June 25, 2014 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — D.C. cab drivers blared their horns and blocked traffic for blocks near the city’s municipal office building Wednesday to protest rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber.

The companies are app-based, and customers use smartphones to “hail” drivers who use their own personal vehicles for pickup. They do not operate under the same city regulations that govern taxis.

The D.C. Taxi Drivers “Teamsters” union issued a press release Wednesday claiming that the rideshare companies “are operating illegally in the city and are stealing work from D.C. taxi drivers.”

“Last year, the city gave the services an extension to operate until regulations were in place,” the release went on to say.

“The extension ended several months ago but the city failed to enact fair regulations, giving the private sedan services a big competitive edge.”

As part of the protest, the president of Local 922 delivered a letter to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and city councilmembers demanding that the city follow Virginia’s example and order the companies to cease operations until a fair regulation resolution is reached.

“It’s ironic that taxi companies have congregated on Freedom Plaza, when they refuse to accept the freedom of choice, flexibility and economic opportunity that the Uber platform provides thousands of partners and riders across the city,” Uber wrote in a statement about the protest.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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I've used Uber and Lyft and they worked well for me.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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How on Earth would they enforce it? It's a bunch of unrelated random people using a smartphone app. The app developer can't really be responsible for how users use the app. Stupid cabbies....
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:50 AM   #5
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Will the Unions use terror tactics to keep there wallets full and there political base in power......

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Old 07-01-2014, 10:50 AM   #6
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We are going to see more and more trends like this which render existing service and manufacturing sectors obsolete.

Jeremy Rifkin (sort of an established "futurist") has some interesting thoughts on this in his book the "Zero marginal cost society", but I think he is too optimistic in them:

Rifkin speaking on Cspan:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?318713-...-jeremy-rifkin
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:15 AM   #7
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I really can't see how they have an argument.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:25 AM   #8
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My son has used both. Said cars were spotless, drivers friendly and informative and the cars didnt have that something dead mixed with Bo and middle eastern spice smell you get in most city approved cab
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:32 AM   #9
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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KC cab drivers choke streets by driving under the speed limit, stopping on yellow, and taking the longest route to your destination. All about Lyft here.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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Uber is better in every conceivable way. Lyft sounds a little flaky when it comes to insurance coverage and their approach isn't as professional.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:06 PM   #12
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Regulating the competition out of business. We even have crony cabbies too.

Notice how often it's someone's competition that tries to get the govt involved to "protect" them.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:09 PM   #13
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When I lived in DC the cabbies were upset about "slug lines". People would stand near The Mall and wait for rides out to Virgina.
I used to do it in Houston. You go downtown where the bus lines are and pick up someone so you could take the HOV out.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:46 PM   #14
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I m going to purchase a horse-and-buggy, travel to DC and stage a protest against automobiles. Who is with me?
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I m going to purchase a horse-and-buggy, travel to DC and stage a protest against automobiles. Who is with me?
As long as you have the Teamsters or SEIU behind you, you should be able to brownshirt your way wherever you want to go...
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