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Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft 76

New submitter rjune (123157) writes with some rare positive news from the online ride-sharing world, specifically from Milwaukee. "Ald. Robert Bauman is drafting a proposed ordinance that, if approved by the Common Council, would change the way public passenger vehicles are regulated and licensed. The proposal, expected to be outlined on Friday before the Common Council's Public Transportation Review Board, not only lifts the cap on taxicab vehicle perimits but accommodates new smartphone app services such as Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft are already in the marketplace." I wish that the cities I spend the most time in would do the same, but they've been busily protecting the local cartels, instead.
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Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft

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  • Insurance? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @08:46PM (#46963865)
    How will they regulate insurance? Professional drivers carry different (and more) insurance.

    Also, has anyone given a thought to supply and demand? There was just a story that said people weren't doing this out of love or entrepreneurial, but out of desperation (thanks! 30 years of declining wages). One of the other reasons to limit the supply of cabbies is so somebody can make a living off it. I suppose it's OK that we're all working 4 jobs 16 hours a day too though...
  • by nbauman ( 624611 ) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @04:50AM (#46965387) Homepage Journal

    There is some substance behind the charge that the current system favors the cartels. The Institute for Justice, [] has some interesting background on this.

    In New York City, there were good reasons to limit the number of taxis. If we had twice the number of taxis, we would have bumper-to-bumper traffic jams during the rush hours, and nobody could use the streets. Taxi drivers are using a government resource -- the streets. The owner of those streets has a right to regulate the use of those streets in a way that maximizes their use. The owner of a private gated village has a regulate the use of cars on its streets.

    Free markets don't always work, particularly when they use a common resource. It's called the tragedy of the commons.

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