Why won't Boris Johnson let Uber break the cab 'cartel'? Votes, maybe?
Fellow free market champions can’t understand why London’s mayor is seeking to protect its black cabs against competition
At the Telegraph, James Kirkup makes the case for letting customer choice resolve the London taxi war:
If, as the cabbies allege, Uber supplies drivers who cannot speak adequate English or who do not know the way to their destination, some consumers will not use their services, perhaps opting to pay a premium for those features, which black cab drivers say they can supply.
Some of its proposed restrictions are almost explicitly anti-competitive: companies “must not show vehicles being available for immediate hire either visibly or virtually via an app”. That’s right, the state wants to stop people knowing about potential suppliers of a service they want to use. Bonkers.
The party of Margaret Thatcher is conniving in an attempt to use state power to stop the market for taxi services becoming more free and competitive. Instead of levelling the playing field so that intelligent adult consumers can choose for themselves how to travel and spend, Conservatives are restricting choice and protecting a cartel. Think again, Boris.
Source: Guardian Transport