Because this was inevitable.
Just when you thought you couldn’t despise the Department of Motor Vehicles any more, Virginia’s DMV decided to wage war against popular passenger carrier companies Uber and Lyft, sending cease and desist letters urging them to stop doing business in the commonwealth.
The Virginia DMV, which has already fined Uber and Lyft $26,000 and $9,000, respectively, says Virginia law “requires for-hire passenger carriers to have proper operating authority,” and their business model—a model which allows passengers to conveniently look up driver ratings and connect with one such part-time driver of their choice via smart phone mobile apps—doesn’t fit the bill.
Taxi companies can be counted upon to show their appreciation for their continued favored position in a deliberate scarcity model; innovators like Uber cannot. And Terry McAuliffe is always going to be about people showing their appreciation. Mind you, I am not going to weep over the thought of Beltway types being forced to pay through the nose for their taxi services…
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) June 5, 2014
PS: The original headline was even meaner.