To scale the sheer volumes of drivers to field the demand fares have during heavy events is not possible if everyone has to drive a black limousine and only work as a driver 30+/hours per week with bureaucratic registration regulatory license. Same thing goes for AirBnB and other gig / excess capacity platforms. So I respectfully disagree that ride share drivers should categorically be employees.
Analogy: Lots of beaches and pools have signs indicting swim at your own risk. Must all beaches provide life guards or disallow anyone to swim upon penalty of jail? Who's going to pay for the life guards? Why should skilled safe swimmers pay to subsidize risks of unwise, unskilled, or reckless people with poor swimming skills? The are community pools that do have full life guard staff, but it can not scale to all swim-able bodies of water.
If people want to hitchhike, and a platform makes it easier to match up parties - embrace it. That parties reputations are closely tracked and bad apples are proactively pruned, even better. Lyft pioneered it, Uber copied it, and now Waze/Google is joining the fray. If people want expensive, poor quality, unresponsive taxis and limousine service, well those business are still around and no one is stopping you from using those. But if you want affordable, demand based, agile transportation, or short stay guest rooms, or other sharing resources and you are a consenting adult who understands the term and conditions, let innovation ride and businesses evolve.
Book Plug: Peers Inc by Robin Chase