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March 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Seattle City Council restricts rideshare companies

Tired of waiting for taxis

Well our City Council, with the exception of three members, seems intent on turning itself into a politburo tasked with preserving dysfunctional corporate monopolies at the expense of the citizens of Seattle [“Council limits number of rideshare drivers,” page one, March 18].

Rarely have I heard such ridiculous guff trotted out in support of their actions yesterday: supporting jobs for immigrants? Nearly all the TNC rideshare drivers are immigrants, half of them former taxi drivers fed up with latter-day servitude foisted on them by their cushy office-residing corporate owners.

Giving taxi companies time to modernize? Many cabs are leased by drivers who have no incentive to even keep the vehicles clean let alone incorporate modern technology that’s been around for years.

I am dead tired of waiting for taxis that never arrive, necessitating frantic calls to bored dispatchers. I am dead tired of entering a cab and getting bad attitude from drivers who find out I’m not going to the airport. I am dead tired of the Kafka-like process of trying to pay by credit card. Finally I am dead tired of having a council that impedes progress. Time for the rideshare companies to head to Olympia!

 

Paul Gutowski, Seattle

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