"We Had To Haggle With The Taxi Industry On What The Signs Should Say."
How many government employees does it take to equal a cellphone app?
That’s the satirical question Blake Ross attempts to answer in a look at “longhauling” in Las Vegas. Noting that Uber has been forced to temporarily suspend operations in the city thanks to a federal judge, Mr. Ross points out that Uber’s in-house software, already famous for its “god mode”, can immediately determine whether its drivers are taking an unnecessarily long route between the airport and the Strip. Normal taxis have no such supervision, so steps have been taken:
I am blown away by the admirable tenacity of the Nevadan government. The complaint Word doc; the bad driver Excel spreadsheet; the Powerpoint airport sign—when it comes to Microsoft Office 2003, Nevada has tried it all.
As I’ve pointed out on my personal website, we live in a world where the federal government knows your call data records for the past ten years but seems mysteriously unable to say exactly how many police shootings there were in the United States last year. That’s government in action: able to drive a tank through a building full of kids because they don’t like the pastor of their church, unable to figure out how to make taxi drivers stay out of a tunnel.
Just got back from Vegas and noticed the most blatant taxi-lobby ripoff scheme ever: minivans have their middle back row seat blocked by a piece of foam (a center armrest of sorts) and it is outright illegal for three to sit in the back of a van in Vegas. All in the interests of passenger safety we were told. So our party of six people had to get 2 cabs everywhere we went. They're really grabbing at crumbs out there.
I'm usually first in line to protest any form of larger government or more regulation, but when it comes to the taxi business, I don't mind if LOCAL governments want to weigh in with some rules. The Uber model works well until something goes wrong. I'd like to know that there's some even minimal form of licensing and insurance for drivers. With Uber, it's a bit of a crapshoot.
When you're done playing with the strawman government you've built I'll gladly respond. Frankly the simple answer is taxi drivers aren't regulated the same way and Uber's 'God Mode' for finding them abusing the system is counterintuitive if you're paying a flat fee never mind that it is the exact intrusion your argument so flatly states that they hate. Why is it ok if Gov Co. knows all this info but regular Gov doesn't? By the way, the NSA isn't nearly as ubiquitous as they seem never mind that the people who compile actual statistics rely on lower levels of government and that can be inaccurate at times. But please go about wanking angrily, I'll sit back and watch.
Is the tank line a reference to the Branch Davidian cult? Weird. If it wasn't for Timothy Cain and Sajeev, I wouldn't bother with this site anymore.