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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft 260

Posted by Soulskill
from the markets-solve-many-things dept.
An anonymous reader writes 'Talk about regulatory capture! As radio station WTOP reports, "The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says that ride services Lyft and Uber are violating state law and must stop operating immediately. The DMV sent cease and desist orders to both companies Thursday." Who benefits most? It's not the people who are voting with their dollars and feet — seems more like the current stable of taxi drivers and others blessed by the state of Virginia. Good thing there's no call for or benefit from greater per-car occupancy, or experimentation more generally with disruptive disintermediation. Given enough bribe money down the road, I'm sure a deal can be struck, though.'
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

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  • by badboy_tw2002 (524611) on Friday June 06, 2014 @06:37PM (#47183685)

    Most taxi services have an "anti-serial killer" clause in their contracts. If you are a serial killer, they won't hire you. This is accomplished by swearing on the job application form that you are, in fact, NOT a serial killer. If they find out later on that you ARE a serial killer, they will terminate the contract and you will no longer be able to drive the cab, thus keeping the taxi industry 100% serial killer free. As far as I know, niether Lyft nor Uber have taken any steps whatsoever to prevent serial killers from working for them, which means that as a rider you have no idea if your driver is going to murder you, after having already murdered someone else. (It takes more than one murder to be a serial killer).

    So yeah, this is a good thing.

  • by penix1 (722987) on Friday June 06, 2014 @08:01PM (#47184205) Homepage

    wait... what... I thought most homosexuals were Democrat.

    Just the ones in the open... The Republicans just have a wide stance....

  • by I'm New Around Here (1154723) on Friday June 06, 2014 @10:20PM (#47184781)

    Well, there's the online bulletin boards that allow people to comment anonymously. It seems perfectly fine, but then little children find their way to the site, and start using terms like "fucktard", and all decent discourse is shut down. Eventually the site goes away, and another takes its place as the destination for mouth-breathing basement dwellers who can't even muster the courage to create a permanent account that other can use to keep track of them.

    Who can think of another example for our dim-witted friend here?

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