1. You trying to define what a taxi service is, is yet another classic mistake.
I am not trying to define what a taxi service is, there is a definition of taxi services. They are part of essential services, at least here, and like all essential services they are regulated to ensure QoS.
One that governments and people such as yourself make all the time, and why one can end up with inflexible rules
While there certainly are many bs rules around, few of those have to do with taxi services.
Do I want insurance covering commercial use with sufficient coverage to be optional? He'll no.
Do I want maintenance rules to me somewhat stricter on a commercial vehicle than in my private car? Within reason....hell yeah.
and in a situation where breaking them is the only reasonable course of action for innovation to forge ahead.
That is the kicker, there was, at least in Germany, no reason for Uber to break the law, the business model could easily have been implemented within the confines of it. Uber chose to break the law, because they knew they could not have been competitive against taxis without doing so.
After all they plan to get a higher share of the drivers income than taxi services do, that money has to come from somewhere, and if the customer won't pay it, it has to come from not having things like proper insurance and insufficient technical checks.
Regardless, surge pricing is important. Much better to have it than not, as it incentivizes greater availability of drivers and cars.
Surge pricing is fine, as long it doesn't drive taxis out of business by undercutting them, due to lower costs, and driving them out of business, making cheap surge time taxis unavailable.
It's also cute to assume that Uber will remain cheap once they've got a monopoly on taxi services in any area. You charge what you can get for a product or service, not some cost plus X for the improvement of welfare.
Not much use to have “cheap” taxi if it isn’t available, or available in a timely fashion.
Granny usually orders the taxi after she has made the appointment. If I order a taxi for noon tomorrow, there will be a taxi picking me up at noon tomorrow. It would be illegal to charge me surge pricing, or to dump me for a better paid fare. For its purpose as an essential service the cheap taxi is always available. And that means anywhere, even where so few fares exist that no uber has ever been there....
Surge pricing is just good management of economic resources and it’s good for everyone, including consumers DESPITE the higher price.
Well, in Ubers case it is more to increase the revenue potential without investing any money, which would be perfectly fine if they did so within the confines of the law, but they know that no one would be paying the prices required to turn a profit.
Considering how Uber fast Uber loses money, even their illegal business model can't turn a profit, and I have conclusively demonstrated that Uber can't make a profit without being more expensive than taxis.
More criminals in government trying to profit politically from blocking Uber than in Uber itself.
That doesn't even make sense..if Uber is so wonderful for drivers and customers no one should be against it, all taxi drivers would want to be Uber drivers as well after all, so where would the incentive come from? Even if taxi services where against it, they would be far, far outnumbered by pissed of citizens wanting to use wonderful Ubers....
Your statement pretty much debunked your whole point all by itself.
Uber is a wonderful and innovative service
One got to give it to Uber, they fairly successfully duped people into believing they've had innovations outside of evading law enforcement.
Anything Uber does is prior art or was developed by other start ups in parallel independently at the same time. A new businessmodell all by itself is no innovation.
that is gaining more and more popularity and leaving the dinosaur taxi companies in the dustbin, where they belong.
I don't even know people missing Uber outside the internet, even by those that did use it.
It’s a better model for everybody, particularly drivers an consumers.
You have debunked that one all by yourself above.
And no, I don’t drive Uber. Your last statement too demonstrates how illogical you are considering Uber is quite successful during surge pricing and doesn’t no lose business to taxi drivers.
I never claimed it lost them business, I claimed that surge pricing has a pretty hard limit with much cheaper taxis just a longer wait away.
Uber only exists because they keep finding investors pouring fresh money in. In any other but the current extreme low interest rate environment, Uber would have been bankrupt a long time ago. It is basically a ponzi scheme waiting to collapse the moment a high enough percentage of people asks "how will they ever turn profitable considering how they haemorrhage money".
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