August 21, 2013
CRONY PROTECTIONISM: DC government deals blow to Uber, consumers.
Taking a cab in Washington will continue to be a frustrating experience more often than it should, thanks to the District of Columbia Taxi Commission.
The DCTC approved new regulations Wednesday that restrict consumer choice. Critics believe the regulations are intended to prevent UberX from serving customers in the District.
Uber, the popular limo service that allows customers to order a sedan or SUV from an app on their smartphones, launched UberX as a way to compete more directly with traditional taxis.
UberX allowed customers to order a cab the same way they ordered a regular Uber ride, but at less cost than a cab ride.
For instance, a four-mile trip with UberX would cost $10, but a standard taxi would cost $11.37, according to Reason Magazine. Uber responded to the new regulations on its blog, claiming DCTC Chairman Ron Linton seeks to crush competition.
Of course they do. That’s what earns them the graft.