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Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 164

What if, instead of being 2-4 times as much as the ride would have been in a free market, it was 100 or 1000 times as much? Would you have felt harmed then? If you were trying to start a small taxi business and spent $50,000 only to have it shut down by the government at a 90% loss, would you feel harmed then?

Do you have a peripheral nerve disorder or something? Because if seems like you can't feel pain at all.

Comment: Re:Skewed (Score 1) 164

" but Uber is special so it gets a free pass"

Uber is special, for the reason I mentioned. Not that gypsy cabs should be regulated either. If I want to offer someone a ride for pay, that is a private transaction between me and another person. The government has no business butting in.

If an Uber driver runs over someone, how is that different from a regular person running over someone? Or are you saying that people need to be punished for trying to make a little money?

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 164

"Even airlines skip on maintenance. This has already killed people. These airlines still exist, making your point unconvincing at best."

What, exactly is the point of regulations, then? The airlines are probably the most heavily regulated industry in the nation, but they are STILL having these problems? Note that those regulations also shield the companies from liability--you can't sue someone if they were in compliance and win. They also make sure that new companies can't come in, and helps to prevent new paradigms from being tried (flying cars have been shot down by the FAA repeatedly).

"And now you are pulling numbers out of your arse. There is a reason why insurance companies insist on commercial insurances for professional drivers."

Show me where there is a number in that post. Yes, there is a reason why professional drivers have commercial insurance, but only when they are in a commercial vehicle. A big rig driver doesn't have to have commercial insurance on his personal car. The Uber car switches back and forth from being a professional to a personal vehicle.

"Uber has problems with the law even in cities/countries that go without a medallion (i.e. anybody who has a commercial driver license and commercial insurance can have their own taxi)."

Yes, because the taxi companies have bought off the politicians! Look at Texas, and see a state where they failed to do that. The people love these services so much that the money of the lobbyists has been drowned out. This is a good thing.

Comment: Re:tell it to family of Sofia Liu insurance gaps c (Score 1) 164

Then there is a lawsuit, and the courts will sort it out. These kinds of disputes happen ALL THE TIME in insurance. Why do you think there are so many lawyers advertizing on TV with tough guy names like "The Hammer" or "The Gorilla" all talking about going after insurance companies?

Comment: Re:Yes, seriously (Score 1) 164

That's not reductio ad absurdum, that's a non-sequitur. And I didn't say that all regulation is bad. I said that laws that harm the people are not just, and we have no moral obligation to follow them, as so many here seem to assert. Yes, everyone needs to play by the same rules. In the case of the Aztecs, do you think that should mean that the ruling class should have submitted their own children for slaughter, or that they should have just stopped slaughtering children altogether?

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 164

"I use Uber and Lyft to get around sometimes and the number of times I've gotten into a car with a check engine light on is astounding."

The check engine light can come on for any manner of things, including things that are very expensive to fix, but have no effect on safety. You can't judge the condition of a car by whether or not it is on.

And as for reviews, the drivers can't see them. Uber obfuscates them.

"And in the case of the Yellow Cabs, they do it amazingly well."

They really don't. At least not where I live. Ever get in a cab that was dragging its muffler along the ground behind it? A friend of mine did. When he asked the driver about it, he said he had complained to the owners, but they refused to fix it. An Uber driver whose car was making such a clatter wouldn't dare to get on the road, as they would get terrible ratings as a result and wind up getting deactivated.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 164

"How does anyone know that the brakes need service"

Not a car guy, eh? Here's a hint: that terrible screeching sound you are hearing every time you hit the breaks means you need to get new pads, IF you haven't already destroyed the rotors.

As for rear drum breaks, they are only an assist. If they go out, it just makes the front breaks wear faster.

I support the rights of the people, including their right to free enterprise without interference from men with guns, whether they be banditos or g-men.

Comment: Re:Skewed (Score 1) 164

I'm not talking about gypsy cabs, I'm talking about Ubers, who are tracked by GPS, along with their riders, and as a result, can't rape or murder anyone while working without getting caught. And don't talk to me about the guy in India. He wasn't working when he raped that woman.

Might as well have regulations on stores because the employees might rape or murder the customers.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 164

Right, so if I go fly a plane with no training or testing it's ok, because I'll only do it once?

Vehicle inspections don't look at things that are damaging to the vehicle, they look at things that could endanger other drivers. As such, your check engine light comment is irrelevant, as is the oil changing. The emissions and brakes, sure, but guess what? Those are things the RIDERS will notice, and they will get bad rating for it and get deactivated before too long.

Further, lots of Uber drivers don't actually drive that much. Certainly not more than, say, someone who commutes in a major city, or who goes on road trips. If you are going to harp on this further, I would suggest a better system would be to have inspections based on miles driven, rather that periods of time elapsed.

And in any event, you are ignoring the elephant in the room, the enormously expensive medallions/good-old boy "regulations" that price everyone out of the market and create artificial scarcity.

Comment: Re:tell it to family of Sofia Liu insurance gaps c (Score 1) 164

"Fine print"

When the policy is or isn't in effect is the central point of the policy. That's like saying that a life insurance policy not paying out on a suicide is "fine print". The driver was personally liable in that case. And also, I should add, no more likely to be the cause of such a tragedy than any other driver. Should all drivers be required to carry million dollar policies?

Comment: Re:Skewed (Score 1) 164

No, meat packing laws were written after "The Jungle" was published, something you are no doubt referencing. Each case of those were, indeed, written by politicians, but only AFTER some tragedy or news article or book brought the subject into the full view of the people, where they demanded action. This is a case only in the vast MINORITY of regulations, most of which you have already named.

Just because a government makes a law against killing babies doesn't mean that every law they create is legitimate. Read up on the lobbying industry. They write practically every piece of legislation that is introduced. You think they do this for the good of the people?

The two most beautiful words in the English language are "Cheque Enclosed." -- Dorothy Parker