> And the entire point of licensed taxis was to guarantee
> service at all times and to all areas at a fair price.
Actually, the reason why there's a permit required to start a taxi service is because otherwise everyone that had a car could start a underground taxi service. Almost every adult have a car, thus we would have thousands of underground taxi services in the country. They want driving a taxi to be profitable occupation, thus it requires a permit issued by the government. Ordinary people who have cars are not allowed to start a taxi service. Uber should follow the law, and get permits from the government for anyone driving taxis.