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Old 03-19-2015, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Uber is 'out of control,' says Michigan senator looking for reforms | MLive.com

This p***es me off. A few rural republicans have introduced a bill to put heavier restrictions on Uber and it's drivers and I want to know why? Uber already vets it's drivers and cars well and is incredibly convenient. Why do some state legislators who come from areas where Uber isn't even a factor feel cause for concern? I smell special interest. I hope people can battle this back in Michigan. In full disclosure I usually side with repubs on issues, having these guys puff their chests about this is beyond annoying.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:32 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Uber is 'out of control,' says Michigan senator looking for reforms | MLive.com

This p***es me off. A few rural republicans have introduced a bill to put heavier restrictions on Uber and it's drivers and I want to know why? Uber already vets it's drivers and cars well and is incredibly convenient. Why do some state legislators who come from areas where Uber isn't even a factor feel cause for concern? I smell special interest. I hope people can battle this back in Michigan. In full disclosure I usually side with repubs on issues, having these guys puff their chests about this is beyond annoying.
I thought Republicans were supposed to be against more regulation of businesses?

(disclaimer: I lean conservative)
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:52 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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I thought Republicans were supposed to be against more regulation of businesses?

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Just those with triple digit million dollar profits and out of compliance with EPA standards. Otherwise small business is just another target to take down.

(disclaimer--I lean heavily towards anarchism)
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: North of Canada, but not the Arctic
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Shouldn't Uber have to follow the same safety regulations as a traditional taxi company?

(disclaimer: I lean heavily toward fairness)
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Shouldn't Uber have to follow the same safety regulations as a traditional taxi company?

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Depends on how it's organized I suppose. Do other states regulate Uber that way? Or are these legislators doing what they can to continue Michigan's tradition of being anti-competitive when it comes to things that are good for the future?
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Depends on how it's organized I suppose. Do other states regulate Uber that way? Or are these legislators doing what they can to continue Michigan's tradition of being anti-competitive when it comes to things that are good for the future?
Kind of like how we won't allow Tesla Motors to sell cars here using a non-traditional method. We can claim that we are doing it for the sake of fairness to the current network of auto dealers, but the truth is we are protecting the established auto industry from competition. The real answer is probably to just change the rules, rather than outlawing the Tesla stores. That won't happen, of course.

Sure doesn't sound like a free market to me.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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Kind of like how we won't allow Tesla Motors to sell cars here using a non-traditional method. We can claim that we are doing it for the sake of fairness to the current network of auto dealers, but the truth is we are protecting the established auto industry from competition. The real answer is probably to just change the rules, rather than outlawing the Tesla stores. That won't happen, of course.

Sure doesn't sound like a free market to me.
I agree with you on all points. Just wanted to point out that like 30 other states put in place similar laws regarding Tesla before Michigan did. I can't find anything concrete to say the same about Uber.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:07 AM
 
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Shouldn't Uber have to follow the same safety regulations as a traditional taxi company?

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I hope not. The last few taxis I rode in were death traps and the drivers were maniacs. On the plus side, it was a hell of a ride!

Why not REDUCE the regulations on TAXIS and let the people decide who they would rather ride with? All things being equal, I say we still pick Uber..next thing we know they will pass a bill that says Uber must charge the same rate as a taxi...


(disclaimer: I am pro entrepreneurial)
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