I very rarely get fired up about new laws but this one really hits home hard. I am not going to go into the details of it myself, but you can read about this law that is currently in the hands of the governor here: Read all about about this piece of Crap! To summarize this would crush ride shares in Illinois and give taxis a monopoly once again.
I understand the government putting regulations in effect for certain industries. But the government using public safety as the reasoning behind this is completely ridiculous and complete bullshit. Plain and simple, this is about an income stream for the government and THAT IS ALL – NOTHING MORE!
Before ride shares showed up in Chicago I very rarely took cabs anywhere. I had one individual that I knew was a safe, effective driver. If he wasn’t available I took alternative modes of transportation. I never felt safe in a cab and my complaints in the past fell on silent ears.
Once ride shares arrived in Chicago, I noticed a tremendous change in the safety of the cabs I did take. Ride shares were making taxis step up their game, and it was helping tremendously. I still chose ride shares over cabs more frequently due to the cost savings, but sometimes a taxi was a bit more convenient. Things were headed in the right direction and safer driving by taxis was clearly noticeable by me.
Now this complete crap law has come around and threatens to take us two steps back and give taxi companies a monopoly once again and they can do whatever the hell they want for a cost. I do not blame them because they are paying and paying big for this privilege to the government for licences to operate.
What we need to do is either:
1) Deregulate immediately. Let us allow the free market to take over and force the poor companies out of business. I have seen firsthand how a little old fashioned competition has improved safety in transportation of human cargo! (If I sound like a Libertarian, that is because I am!)
2) Laws must be completely rewritten to allow the competition to improve conditions across the industry and be fair to all companies across the board. I have a big feeling that this will not be happening though, as I am losing all faith in government officials
Mr Governor Quinn – I voted for you; please don’t make me regret this. Don’t be spineless here and grow some cajones buddy! This law will eliminate ALL of the progress that was made regarding safe transportation.