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comment by kleinbl00
kleinbl00  ·  1183 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Los Angeles may force Uber to use electric vehicles, mayor says

    It might be viable for a more conventional taxi service, because you could have a more cars than drivers and let drivers swap cars when the one they were driving needs to charge.

Circle gets the square.

Los Angeles isn't the slightest bit interested in Uber's profitability. They just passed a law whereby rideshare drivers are employees who accrue vacation, sick leave and benefits. Forcing rideshare to abide by the economics of a taxi fleet is wholly intentional.

The entire market case for rideshare is that livery laws are inadequate for a modern app-driven platform so rape the livery economy before they catch up. But they're catching up. And Los Angeles is basically inviting Tesla to set up a taxi company.