|By Kim Lyons, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
So when American ride sharing company Uber tried to move into the
"It's not just about Uber, but that was the straw that broke the camel's back,"
Uber and other ride-sharing companies popping up around the globe have yet to move into an area where they did not face significant resistance from regulators and established taxi companies. Exactly what form that resistance has taken has varied.
American cities and states have handled the disruptive technology in different fashion.
The European protests this week may have proved a boon for Uber; the company reports downloads of its smartphone app were up 850 percent over the previous Wednesday.
"Europeans overwhelmingly voted with their fingertips by riding Uber, downloading Uber and standing up for more consumer choice," the
Whether or not the protests boost the ride sharing company's profile in
The investigation and enforcement division of the
"What the PUC should be doing is allowing the services to operate under temporary rules while a long-term solution is identified,"
He added he has has a number of good experiences with the services and has followed ride share trends closely. "
"State lawmakers and regulators don't know when to get out of the way,"
"The biggest myth, or stereotype, is this idea that taxi companies are an entrenched industry,"
Yellow Cab, the
When Lyft and Uber moved into
The PUC fines may be small change for well-heeled companies such as Lyft and Uber -- the latter valued at
"I think it undermines the confidence of people who drive for them,"
Everything you need to know about Uber, Lyft and ride sharing in
The main point of contention in
Uber's app circumvents both processes,
Whatever the outcome,
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