These arguments about untested drivers are not true in all countries. And the arguments about uninsured drivers are invalid - that is a self correcting problem. The state does not mandate insurance for surgeons. Why should it do it for drivers?
Are you sure about that? Sounds pretty unlikely.
I am also immensely saddened that so many /. readers don't get this. We like to think that we're smarter than the average bear. Apparently not.
Well, maybe the way to fix this is... to fix it? Allow more cabs, but keep requirements for insurances and other measures intended to keep drivers and passengers safe intact? Just because this weird "medallion" system is broken in many parts of the world doesn't mean uber's model is much better, it just replaces one drawback with many others.