Your Government at Work – Regulators Complain that Uber Drivers are “TOO” Efficient

No, this is not a story from the satirical website the Onion. Yes, this is really an idea that your elected (and unelected) government officials have developed in an effort to make our lives “better.” No, I don’t think the people who thought this up realize just how stupid their idea is or just how foolish we all think they are.

In major cities across America the ride-sharing company known as Uber has been forced to fight against the entrenched taxi lobby and their prostitutes in the local city governments. Thus far, Uber seems to be winning the fight, as citizens (and consumers) realize that if Uber loses, everyone loses, because travelling would become more expensive, less efficient and less enjoyable. Now some American cities are now looking to their friends in Europe for new ways to stifle innovation and progress. For example, liberal socialists in London have a new and interesting idea for making everyone’s lives just a bit more miserable.

Transport for London (TfL) has suggested that Uber drivers should be stuck with a five-minute delay, a ban on GPS driver-location in-app, and forcing ride-sharing companies to take bookings up to seven days in advance.

TfL claims the regulations are intended to tackle traffic and air pollution due to the rising number of cars on the road. According to an in-house Uber study, the rules wouldn’t just make life more inconvenient for consumers, but would hammer the pocketbooks of Uber drivers…

If TfL’s proposals go ahead the number of trips made in London could be slashed by 144,000, with Uber drivers wasting 52,000 hours a month waiting to pick up their customers…

TfL’s five-minute wait closely mirrors one of France’s most infamous anti-Uber regulations. The so-called 15-minute rule, which was heavily lobbied for by French taxi drivers, forced Uber drivers to wait 15 minutes before picking up a customer. The rule was eventually thrown out by the French courts.

Read the Rest of the story at the Libertarian Republic