It is pretty telling that the Atlanta taxi cab industry is not asking the legislature to deregulate itself to be competitive against Uber, but rather wants to regulate Uber and Lyft out of existence.
Consider the definition Powell and the lobbyists came up with to shut down Uber, Lyft, and other services:
‘Transportation referral service provider’ means any person or entity that books, refers clients to, collects money for, or advertises transportation services provided by limousine carriers or taxi services by telephone, through cellular telephone software, through the Internet, in person, by written instrument, or by any other means.
So if your friend is out drunk and calls you to come get him and you call a cab instead, you might be in trouble.
In fact, Uber and Lyft are becoming regular go to services for the college set looking to get home after a night on the town. This legislation is needless anti-competitive regulation.
Again — the tax industry is demanding that others be regulated as much as they are, not that they be deregulated to be competitive. That’s protectionist. It’s also idiocy.