Update (1/2020): We just released a brand new report examining the recent ridehail changes at LAX – you can read more about it here.
It’s safe to say that the recent emergence of Lyft and Uber has caused a lot of disruption. For as long as I’ve lived, taxis have ruled the transportation landscape despite providing a subpar experience and equally atrocious customer service. But TNC’s changed all that in a relatively short matter of time and now you’d be hard pressed to find a single person on this planet who prefers a taxi over a TNC ride.
But there seems to be a huge disconnect between lawmakers/regulators and the passengers/drivers that use these TNC services. Everywhere you look, lawmakers are trying to stop the expansion of TNC’s instead of embracing social change. Everyone knows that Uber and Lyft are what the people want yet for some reason those aforementioned regulators refuse to listen.
I think it all boils down to one simple thing: money. When it comes to the government, everyone’s got to get a piece of the pie and that’s really what this whole airport issue is about. It doesn’t matter that Lyft and Uber are reducing drunk driving incidents, making our roads less crowded and generally improving our society. If the fat cats aren’t getting paid, then things have got to change.
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Most airports like LAX charge a $4 fee to all TCP holders for every passenger pick-up they do. Multiply that by the thousands of passengers coming in and out of LAX every day and now you see why these regulators are so pissed off about Uber and Lyft. I’m sure there will be some sort of compromise in the end that gets them paid, there always is, but until then drivers are stuck bearing most of the risk. [Read more…]