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By the sounds of it the police aren't doing it; maybe the specific 'airport police' that the airport is paying for. They do specify that they're doing 'citizen's arrests' so they're certainly not official, though I don't understand how they can get court dates without formal police presences.
Of course, it also sucks because traditionally you can't get charged with trespassing without being formally told to leave. Once you're told to leave you have to do so in an expedient manner, but you're allowed to collect your goods and leave in a safe manner.
I also wonder if this is the airports getting upset by the loss of revenue, as most airports charge the taxi's $2-5 per pickup, a fee that gets passed directly to the traveller.
Your quoting airbags reminded me - the first generation of airbags were dictated by the government to be set up to do a lick of good for an unbuckled passanger. As a result they detonated with such force they killed lighter people (children and small females).
Is the street lighting, road markings, and junctions a result of regulations or industry 'best practices'?
While airbags were a bit off the mark to start, the goal and intent were correct and eventually got us where we are today. Airbags have saved many many more lives than they have taken, so I'm willing to take the growing pains as a society to get to where we are today.
As for best practices, how many cities are willingly putting up more street lights? Or repainting roads to make the markings clear? Most of these things the cities/states are required to do. If we got rid of all regulations, we would be fucked. What incentive would a city or state have to fix anything? Why wouldn't a business just dump waste into streams and lakes that feed your drinking water? Its faster/cheaper/easier so it would happen over night.
I hate red tape just as much as the next guy, and I spend a good chunk of my time at work filling out "TPS" reports, but these systems are in place to keep douchebags (people/corporations) from doing what comes naturally to them, screwing us all over. As far as the story goes, I like the idea of rideshare, and can see how taxis are getting pissed, but is that the best thing our police departments can be doing, investigating and ticketing normal people over stepping on a taxi drivers toes?