Uber operates illegally

Uber operates illegally

We’ve known for some time that Uber and Lyft manipulate cities into doing their bidding. They lavish on praise as cities embracing innovation – but if a city resists, the services run rampant illegally as they defy cease and desist orders in states like Virginia. (Virginia officials order Uber, Lyft to stop operating in the state)

The Wall Street Journal, which is apparently much smarter than the Nashville Metro City Council, deduced how Nashville and other cities are manipulated by Uber – the Ride Sharing Service:

 

Here’s what it takes to make Uber a success, apparently: Enter new markets without asking regulators for permission, then build enough of a customer base to make classifying the service as a traditional taxi company politically expensive for regulators. [this is how they have manipulated Nashville’s Metro City Council – re-election matters to them too – more than citizen safety, tourist’s privacy, etc.].  Tell investors who want to put their money in the company that they are banned from investing in its competitors. Aggressively recruit drivers from competitors, while also interfering with those drivers’ ability to make a living by ordering and canceling rides. Collect information on all Uber rides and users in a “God View” dashboard that is accessible to Uber’s salaried employees and was, at least until last year, displayed by Uber’s marketing staff at launch parties. – Uber and a Fraught New Era for Tech

And there is it, how Nashville continues to be duped by ridesharing services. You’d think city officials would get smarter but they just keep accommodating the Ride Sharing services.