I have never had a bad experience with Uber. I have had plenty of bad experiences with cabs. How can this be? How is it possible for Uber, with no government regulation, no agency protecting the consumer, to consistently provide a superior service to the regulated taxi service?
Technology in only part of the answer. With Uber, I rate each ride, and that data is used by Uber to control the quality of its service. But that's only part of the answer because the Taxi and Livery Commissions around the country could do the same thing if they wanted. The real answer is Uber is focused on providing a service that customers want and Taxi and Livery Commissions are focused on serving the owners of taxi medallions. If after a ride with Uber I was dissatisfied, I could instantaneously notify Uber. I could do the same with a cab, but I believe my complaint to Uber would be acted on and my complaint to the Taxi and Livery Commission would not have an impact.
It is not unique to Uber and taxis that regulation by consumers is more effective than the regulation of expert panels. Despite that, unfortunately, both the Left and Right want to rely on experts to manage a system instead of letting consumers punish poor service and reward good service.
Of course, the government is colluding with taxi and livery services to restrict Uber and others from entering the market. To protect consumers of course.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease-and-desist orders Thursday to Lyft and Uber, telling the two taxi-like services they must stop operating in violation of state law or face fines against their drivers...
Along with the cease-and-desist orders, the DMV on Thursday told the public to research any ride service and learn about its insurance coverage, vehicle maintenance and driver screening process before using it. It pointed people to a list on its website at www.dmvNOW.com/knowyourride, where users can search for a company to see whether it is registered and insured under state regulations.Source: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/06/virginia-dmv-orders-lyft-uber-stop-operating
Neither Lyft nor Uber is on the approved list.