State Trying to Kill Uber over Fairness and Equality

A judge wants to kill Uber in California so it can’t be unfair to customers.

If you live in one area of town, and a business starts operating in another part of town where you don’t have easy access, how is that unfair to you? If a restaurant chain opens two restaurants in a town that is only easily accessible to forty percent of the population, how is that a detriment to the other sixty percent? The sixty percent of the town who don’t have access to the restaurant are no worse off than they were before.

But California has regulations that are going to kill Uber, the internet transportation startup. The rationale is that, if the company does not provide some kind of equal service to all people no matter where they live, then the company is guilty of sin against fairness.

[See also, “Limo Rider Hillary Clinton Lectures Us on Evils of Uber.”]

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Uber should be suspended in California and fined $7.3 million, judge says.”

Uber — plagued by problems with regulators, drivers and taxi unions around the world — took a big blow in its home state Wednesday when an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California.

In her decision, chief administrative law judge Karen V. Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission contended that Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are. She said Uber’s months-long refusal to provide such data is in violation of the 2013 law that legalized ride-hailing firms.

Uber said it would appeal. Whether the fine and suspension are enforced will depend on the appeals process, which could take several months.

So if Uber has drivers that feel they are better able to serve a specific area and don’t believe they are best able to serve other areas, that is some kind of violation of the law.

How is anyone helped by that kind of “equality”? Since some people cannot get served by Uber no one can now be served by Uber. Everyone must be equally ride-less!

The reporting requirements include the number of requests for rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs; how many such rides were completed; and other ride-logging information such as date, time, Zip Code and fare paid. For Uber, which has raised $5.9 billion in venture capital investment, a $7.3-million fine would amount to less than 1% of that. A suspension, however, is another matter.

So the state is posing as the defender of people with service animals or wheelchairs. But all the state does is take rides away from other people. It does nothing for these people to kill Uber. It just hurts the other people.

Everyone gets equally deprived, thanks to the state government of California.