Last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia issued "cease and desist" letters to both Uber and Lyft saying they could no longer operate in Virginia in order to save the children/stop cutting in on the cab drivers' monopoly. Virginia is not the first government to try to stop the widely popular ride-sharing companies from operating.
The Miami police department is currently running a sting operation against Lyft in order to save us from the horror of the free market. From The Miami Herald:
Doug Pursley, whose white Ford Explorer pickup was impounded Thursday at Mall of the Americas after taking an undercover code-enforcement officer there from the downtown Hilton, said he is back on the road taking passengers.
A 49-year-old business development consultant, Pursley said he supports technological innovation and, as a former San Francisco resident, knew that Lyft has rankled regulators elsewhere.
“The extra money doesn’t hurt, and meeting people — the social aspect — is awesome, because it’s super interesting people,” he said.
What bothered him, he added, was that code enforcement and police officers would go out of their way to take a $40 ride and spend an hour fining him and impounding his car.
“Where are the taxpayer resources going?” he said. “As a taxpayer, I’m going, ‘Thanks a lot, guys.’”
Tags: Uber, Lyft