Taxi Owner Copies Innovative Business Model Of Free Shuttles He Just Forced To Shut Down
from the regulatory-capture dept
Earlier this year, we wrote about how some of the taxi companies in Tampa, Florida were upset about free competition. Some smart business folks had setup local transportation options, that subsisted on advertising and tips, rather than fares, and thus were able to avoid having to buy a (sold out) taxi cab license. But, of course, the existing cabbies freaked out and complained, and convinced the city council to declare that the free cabs had to buy licenses as well… while conveniently noting that none are available. Basically, the cab drivers got the city council to drive this competition out of town.
But, now there’s a bit of a twist. A bunch of folks have sent in the news that one of the guys who pushed the city council the hardest has now suddenly set up his own free shuttle offering in place of the competition that was run out of town. He makes no qualms about the fact that he’s copying the idea of the shuttles he just knocked out of business, saying they had a good idea — he just didn’t like the fact that they didn’t have to buy a taxi license. Neat trick, huh? Get the government to drive your competitors out of town, and then copy their best ideas.