Uber Car Sharing: It’s Illegal

by Rachel Gertz

Uber. If you haven’t ridden with the cool drivers in their funky blacked out limousines and escalades, their GPS straight to you in five minutes app, their reasonable prices, and their always around at 2am on a Friday night availability, you haven’t experienced real transportation. I took my first ride about six or eight months ago and have felt slightly disappointed with every yellow cab ride since.

The kicker is that virtually every transport board around the world has a problem with cheap and accessible private transportation that can be controlled through your smart phone. They must—or why make this car service illegal? In Vancouver, the Passenger Transportation Board recently set a minimum $75 dollar ride charge after Uber came out of beta mode (since it technically fits under the limo service umbrella here). They know Uber can’t compete and it’ll basically act as ‘humane’ way to shut them down.

Hard to believe that transportation dinosaurs have managed to plop their leathery tails on top of one an industry that needs the most technological free love. I’d like to think it’s only a matter of time before we get things all straightened out and are using hundreds of flying town-cars to get around our sky pods. A girl can dream, right?

Check out this related article on the rise of the ‘disruption economy.’ Models like Air BnB, Netflix, and TaskRabbit are using their platforms to shake up the regulatory model and carve new pathways through our economy. It’s running regulators and lobbies ragged. They’re skeered. They should be.


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