The streets of Washington D.C. seem to be under siege today as countless cabbies are putting the brakes on in protest. Apparently stopping their cars and honking their horns, the traffic congestion is due to a freedom protest.
The protesting cab drivers are reportedly protesting against Uber and Lyft – a company that offers a mobile service where they can summon a cab to them within minutes. Also available is the service to pay via their smart phones instead of searching for a card or wallet.
These conveniences seem to be just too much to handle for competing cab drivers as 40-year veteran cabbie Jesse Black explains, “They are competing against us for monies and that’s completely unfair. Cease and desist now!”
Too bad for these capitalism hating cab drivers, that’s just the name of the game. You want to advance in today’s day and age, you have to keep up – and it sounds like Uber and Lyft found a sweet little advantage.
Cabbies aren’t letting up anytime soon though as the D.C. Taxi commission released in a statement:
“The D.C. Taxicab Commission (DCTC) is currently working on updated regulations that will ensure a fair, balanced, competitive, and safe system for passengers and drivers. The District’s City Council is also currently considering legislation regarding the role of private vehicles in public transportation.”
This kind of whining however warranted a response from Uber who promptly stated:
“Washingtonians know that Uber is the safest, most affordable and reliable ride on the road. It’s ironic that taxi companies have congregated on Freedom Plaza, when they refuse to accept the freedom of choice, flexibility and economic opportunity that the Uber platform provides thousands of partners and riders across the city.
Uber welcomes any taxi driver who wants to experience the economic opportunity and increased driver safety that the Uber app offers.”
What do you guys think – should a company be condemned because they find a useful advantage or is that the name of the game when it comes to capitalism? Let us know in the comments below.