*We knew it would only be a matter of time. After all, we were getting a little too comfortable with being able to access rides by just using an app on our cellphones. Instead of standing on a corner trying to hail a taxi.
Some see it as a little too convenient to be able to let a driver know exactly where to pick you up; and be able to hop into the front passenger seat as if the driver is a friend or relative.
Then, to top all of that off, being able to have the driver take us anywhere we need to go, for a fraction of the price we would’ve paid using a yellow cab.
That’s not only competition for the yellow cab companies, its outright slaughter.
So is it any surprise forces are working overtime behind the scenes to shut this service down…or at the very least, get more control of it?
Now a proposal has been set before NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission that aims to regulate car services that riders book using their smartphones. This proposal wants companies like Uber and Lyft to comply with many of the same rules that govern the competing yellow cab companies.
According to the Associated Press, the proposed changes would address fares, the availability of wheelchair-accessible cars, and restrictions on picking up passengers at airports.
According to the two San Francisco-based companies –Uber and Lyft — the regulations would ‘discourage innovation’.
In protest of the proposal, a few dozen drivers in black shirts stood outside the taxi commission’s Manhattan headquarters before a hearing on Thursday and chanted: “We love Uber!”