Vive La Revolution : Houston allows Uber and Lyft to operate with conditions

The Revolutionary Che'ring economy. [1]

The revolutionary Che’ring economy[1].

In the war against the old style Taxi and municipal regulation, Houston City council came down on the side of Uber and Lyft and voted to allow them to operate in Houston City limits.

Click2Houston.com says:

“After months of discussions, City Council has approved the operation of ride-sharing services in Houston.

Taxi cab drivers have been fighting it, but on Wednesday Houston city leaders gave the green light to companies like Uber and Lyft.

For months Uber and Lyft have been asking to operate within city limits, but city leaders have been slow to say yes because there were questions about how to regulate the new mobile app-based services.

City Council members discussed the topic for more than five hours Wednesday and focused on insurance, accessibility for the disabled and how to make sure there weren’t any gaps in regulation that could lead to lawsuits down the road.”

And this is where Mr. Devil meets Ms. Details as there are different models under the Uber and Lyft banner. They are not all “ride-sharing services” as reported but who are we on the Paletine Hill, to stop the march of poor reporting progress.

Mayor Annise Parker voted for the new services, but also calls it “disruptive technology.”

“I voted for it and I really do think what we have done kind of sets the bar for what other cities should do,” Parker said.

One way cab drivers will be able to compete includes allowing fare surcharges during peak hours when customers request a ride with a mobile app, something ride-sharing companies have been doing for months.

Everyone is talking about it being good for the consumer choice but let’s see if this translates to true competition and cost reduction. Read the comments on the many news articles about Uber and Lyft, and you see a clear underlying dissatisfaction against the Taxi establishment. Without doubt, they need to reform.

Roads-2-Roam’s concerns are that the real benefactors out this revolution will be the providers of the software with their 20% cut of the fare, and that prices may in fact INCREASE as things like standardized fare rates per mile get abolished.

We could move from one monopoly to another:  As Mr.Townshend once wrote, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..”.


 

[1] Picture is Roads-2-Roam parody of  “CheHigh” by Alberto Korda – Museo Che Guevara, Havana Cuba. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CheHigh.jpg#mediaviewer/File:CheHigh.jpg
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