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Taxis vs. Uber: An econo-debate

EconoMeter panel weighs pros and cons of taxi deregulation

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, September 5, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

Among myriad problems with government regulating and attempting to direct public service needs are restrictions enacted that stifle and prevent innovative and better systems from developing. Rules and regulations are designed to protect established businesses, not in the best interest of consumers, but to prevent competition for outmoded and insufficient services. Why not allow market demand and competition with innovative ideas and new technologies developing to determine optimal amounts, types, and quality of services, rather than bureaucratic, crony-driven regulating agencies? Market- or customer-driven satisfaction is better derived for best levels of transportation delivery as well as other needs.