The Times editorial “City Council rideshare plan hurts innovation” [Opinion, Dec. 23] ignores a very important piece of the relevant policy considerations. The folks who use these new systems have smartphones; others cannot utilize any advantages rideshares might offer over taxis.
Even in tech-savvy Seattle, a substantial portion of the population does not have a smartphone. This is largely a function of economics, although personal choice may play a role for some who are affluent enough but chose to forego such a device.
Your suggestion that the City Council do nothing to regulate the new rideshares would perpetuate a class-biased situation — only the well-to-do get speedy and personalized conveyance.
I would urge council members to take action that would have an effect of leveling the playing field (in addition to ensuring safety) and adopt regulations for the new car fleets.
Philip L. Bereano, Seattle
December 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM