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I won't say quite yet that momentum has shifted against Uber and TNCs, but reason, skepticism and common sense are pressing in around the TNC controversy. Regulators, the media and the public are drilling down into the details and don't like what they see.
Conservative columnist Michael Reagan, son of the famous free-market-oriented President, wrote in a recent column: "Uber is the world’s foremost practitioner of do first and possibly ask permission later. It typically enters a market and competes directly with taxi companies, without bothering to submit to any type of regulation. It calls this being a disruptive competitor, but in many instances Uber is simply exploitative."
Newsmax column here
In a recent editorial, the San Antonio Express-News said of tough TNC rules approved by the San Antonio City Council this month: "We fail to see what exactly is so oppressive or disruptive about the regulations council recently approved. We are all for competition, and we hope that Uber and Lyft force traditional taxis to provide better service, but competition should be on a level playing field."
MySanAntonio.com article here
Limousine operators should be encouraged when media voices start using terms such as "level-playing field" and "exploitative." The first step to prevailing in any argument or political battle is to inject accurate references and terms into a debate to define the issue. No, the pro-Uber momentum has not shifted, yet, but it's sure slowing back toward the speed limit.
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