Tagged Uber

Portland’s Mayor Hates His Constituents and Wants Them to Have Less Consumer Choice

That’s the only conclusion one can draw after reading this: Uber reached an agreement with Portland to suspend operations in the city for three months while regulators work to revise rules around taxis that currently prohibit ridesharing apps. The city agreed to let Uber resume operations after three months whether or not new regulations have been passed, said an Uber spokeswoman. The three-month suspension will go into effect on Monday, she said. The truce comes less than two weeks after Portland sued Uber and issued a cease-and-desist order, arguing the company’s recent decision to begin its UberX service in the market violated…

Uber-Craziness

Will Wilkinson is quite right in stating that “[t]here’s something about Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, that brings out the nutty in people.” And he is also quite right to mock those who call for “socializing” Uber. The complaints about surge-pricing automatically kicking in when Uber cars were in high demand during the hostage standoff in Sydney, Australia are also mock-worthy. Indeed, reading most of the commentary about Uber is enough to make one want to poke one’s eyes out. If there is any silver lining to all of this incredibly bad punditry about Uber, it is that it identifies for…

“No Consumer Choice, Please. We Are French.”

Another day, another report about how taxicab cartels are scared of competition: Uber’s low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices. A new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides will effectively ban the UberPop service as of Jan. 1, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France’s Interior Ministry. “Currently, people who use UberPop are not protected if there is an accident. So not only is it illegal to offer this service…

Your Non-Shocking News of the Day

Free market competition can lower prices and help consumers: In major cities throughout the United States, taxi medallion prices are tumbling as taxis face competition from car-service apps like Uber and Lyft. The average price of an individual New York City taxi medallion fell to $872,000 in October, down 17 percent from a peak reached in the spring of 2013, according to an analysis of sales data. Previous figures published by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission — showing flat prices — appear to have been incorrect, and the commission removed them from its website after an inquiry from The…

Your Absolutely Non-Shocking News of the Day

Competition in the marketplace is a good thing! It’s like Uber, for economists. Simply click on the website of the Economic Experts panel hosted by the Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago, and it will immediately summon an easily digested summary of the insights of mainstream economics into continuing political controversies. As with Uber, the results are convenient, reliable and mobile-friendly. All of this is powered by a network not of drivers looking for riders, but of leading economists from an array of schools of thought and political persuasions willing to be surveyed about controversial public policy…

Uber and Micropolitics

Count me as one who is pleased to see the Republican party take the side of Uber, Lyft and other such services. It is certainly the right thing to do from a policy angle; there certainly needs to be more competition when it comes to limousine/taxi services, and companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar can provide that competition. With this move, the GOP is also showing that it is in favor of consumer choice, and as many young people are enamored of car-hailing and ride-sharing services, the Republican party’s decision to support those services means that a relationship can be…

No Consumer Choice, Please. We’re Coloradans.

It turns out that if you use Uber in Colorado, you might have the car you’re riding in pulled over. You might have your own license examined by police (remember, you are a passenger, not a driver), you might be placed in danger, and you might have to deal with a police officer who doesn’t want to “debate the law” when you ask him whether you are committing an illegal act. Don’t believe that any of this might happen? Read this. The Denver police have apologized for the behavior of the officer who precipitated this entire brouhaha, and that is all fine…

Virginia Is for Cartels

Do you want there to be competition and diversity in limousine/ride-sharing/taxicab services? Do you live in Virginia? If the answer to both questions is “yes,” then it sucks to be you. Of course, it shouldn’t suck to be you, but this is what happens when government is too large and too powerful, and when it uses its power to cater to the interests of cartels at the expense of consumers. Key passage: Rather than hinder the growth of innovative livery companies that are taking advantage of new technology, lawmakers in Virginia and elsewhere across the country should consider repealing current…

Uber and UberX Help People Get Jobs

Here is the story. And here is the part where I ask (again) why it is that so many protectionists are willing to try to sabotage Uber and UberX, and by extension, sabotage the lives of those who depend on Uber and UberX to put food on the table and a roof over their heads and the heads of their loved ones.

Seattle, Meet Brussels. You Two Will Get Along Just Fine.

I suppose that I should look on the bright side in reading this story; maybe as a takeaway, I can be comforted by the fact that certain American cities don’t have a monopoly on perpetrating outrages against their citizens and the free market. But I confess to believing that any such comfort is of the cold variety: A court in Brussels has banned Uber in the Belgian and European Union capital, promising to fine the ride-sharing service 10,000 euros every time it violates the order. The Commercial Court in Brussels handed down the ruling last week, according to Tech.eu, summarizing an original report by the…