It’s fascinating to watch an entire generation which has been taught that regulation is a dirty word collide with reality. By reality, of course, I mean the online car service, Über. Here, from the Twitterz, is the thing that could sink the business model:
If you take enough cabs, you’ve probably had an asshole driver. But licensed hacks are required to know their way around–if they don’t they can’t get (or lease) a medallion. In Boston, I’ve heard similar horror stories (one involved a ride from the North End to Beacon Hill that somehow involved crossing both bridges to Cambridge). If ten minute trips–especially for business–wind up taking thirty mintues (or longer) because the Über drivers get lost, people won’t use it very often.
Might be something to be said for some regulation after all.