Uber just arrived in my city.
They have 6 cars working for them from the local community, they have dozens coming into the city from the surrounding areas, with vehicles that don't adhere to the local laws on what is a fit vehicle for a Private Hire car.
We've been descended upon by a swarm of locusts.The safety of passengers has been compromised by Out Of Town cars, some of which have tinted windows (a regulation put in place to raise the safety of passengers), a lot don't have anything on their doors to show they're a cab (the local cars have plates, clearly stating they're pre-booked only for insurance reasons, for passenger safety), and there have been cases of the police pulling these cars over and finding they aren't even legally licensed cab drivers! just Joe Schmoe in a car. I would't want my daughter in that vehicle that doesn't have taxi insurance (if any, isn't there a clause that states "not for hire or reward" on most private policies?).
Then on to the other problem.
These locusts are emptying the pockets of our tourists and some idiots who don't know any better (here, let us hook you in with a free ride!) and taking the money out of the city; out of the county in most cases.
This city's economy is being squeezed by these guys. The local cabbies pay their money into local businesses, shop in local shops, buy local produce.
Where does the Out Of Town driver take our money and spend it?
The local council have opened the floodgates for these pirates. The woman who actually signed the paper has resigned, her boss is passing the buck.
Someone took a payment or they wouldn't have done it.
The police, cabbing community, public, student bodies, local chip wrapper, radio stations and certain branches of the local council are all having a problem now.
Uber isn't the problem here, the OOT cars and unlicensed ones are. Uber are just the stinking turd that is bringing the flies into our city.