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Psihala 12 March 2013 07:01 AM

Proposed rule changes could put app maker Uber out of business in Colorado
 
Taxi companies are at odds with Uber, a smartphone app that allows customers to order a luxury car in minutes.

On Monday, the Public Utilities Commission recommended rule changes that would effectively put Uber out of business.

http://www.9news.com/news/article/32...own-app-maker-

erwins 12 March 2013 07:20 AM

It would be nice if they'd explained more about what the rule changes were, and what the exact issues are.

I'm not the biggest free market advocate out there, but a business crying to the government because another business is attracting all of their customers is among the least sympathy-inducing pleas I can think of.

But if there is now no meaningful distinction between limos and taxis where Uber operates, and limos are actually less regulated, then the argument should just be that limos are taxis. It would all depend on how taxi is defined, and why limos are not already included in that category. I can have some sympathy for that argument if the facts back it up.

fitz1980 12 March 2013 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by erwins (Post 1720451)
It would be nice if they'd explained more about what the rule changes were, and what the exact issues are.

I'm not the biggest free market advocate out there, but a business crying to the government because another business is attracting all of their customers is among the least sympathy-inducing pleas I can think of.

I agree with you on that point.

Here is a bit more info on the proposed rules change.

Quote:

http://www.denverpost.com/business/c...es-into-denver

Changing the definition of a "motor carrier" to include companies that simply offer to "provide transportation." If approved, Uber would no longer be viewed as a tech company but as a carrier that's required to secure a PUC permit and insure vehicles, a cost borne by its contractors at this point.

Disallowing limos from parking within 200 feet of a bar, restaurant, hotel or taxi stand. The current limit is 100 feet and covers only hotels and taxi stands.

Preventing limos from parking at a pick-up location more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.

Clarifying that limo companies are required to set a "specified fixed price" before picking up a rider.
I went to Uber's website and their rates are higher than those of taxis here in Atlanta, but not by much. $3 and change vs $2 and change.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 12 March 2013 03:15 PM

I really, really like the idea that limos (or other hire transportation, actually) should not be allowed to park at a pick-up location more than 30 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. However, I can't say I've ever seen one do something like that.

Seaboe


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