"Most people realize that cities must restrict potentially dangerous activities to protect people and guard against costly lawsuits"
Really? Most people realize this? Not any people I know. Only idiots would realize or accept this.
"In the past, people might have embraced a Wild West philosophy of individuals being solely responsible for their actions..."
In the past? When did the concept of personal responsibility for one's own actions become contrary to rational thinking? Did the concept of logic die along with the last frontier?
"...but now they expect government to prevent dangers whenever possible."
So this Nanny State mentality really is what people have come to expect.
"They pointed to judgments in sledding lawsuits in the past decade, such as a $2 million judgment against Omaha, Nebraska, after a 5-year-old girl was paralyzed when she hit a tree and a $2.75 million payment when a man in Sioux City, Iowa, slid into a sign and injured his spinal cord."
The judges that allowed such lawsuits should be ashamed of themselves. They should also be tarred, feathered and ran out of town on a rail. It is the Wild West after all.
Disruption is good for consumers. It is misguided when a government bans a company like Uber for the purpose of protecting the Taxi industry. If the Taxi companies cannot innovate in a way to compete with the likes of Uber they deserve to fail. Taxi companies do not deserve any special protection, just because they don't like competition.
That being said, in the interest of public safety Uber should be required to comply with the same safety regulations as a Taxi company. Uber vehicles should be required to meet the same safety standards and the drivers should be required to have the same licenses as Taxi and Limo drivers. Uber should also be required to carry the same level of liability insurance.
All that in place and it could no longer said that Uber has an unfair advantage as they will be playing under the same set of rules.
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