Ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and SideCar face heavy opposition from licensed taxi companies. The collaborative consumption services don’t have their own cars but offer rides with existing transportation companies or individuals. Still, the taxi lobby fears that drivers will lose their monopoly on taxi services and therefore job security will not be granted. They suggest that a decline in safety and service will follow soon for customers, and try to ban or block these services however possible.
Though many ridesharing services comply with official regulations, many cities have issued a cease and desist letters—most recently in Los Angeles. The companies have a long and hard struggle against the regulatory and lobbying opposition, but they are determined to work around the heavy regulations and implement the services they feel will most benefit consumers.
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