Bus Company Tries To Shut Down Online Carpooling Service

from the why,-that's-illegal! dept

Carpooling is exactly the sort of thing that is perfect for a web app -- to match up potential drivers and riders -- but apparently it makes bus companies upset. A Canadian bus company has actually gone so far to try to shut down an online carpool matching service, claiming that it's illegal. The bus company actually had someone go and test out the carpool service, and has now asked the local transportation board in Ottawa to shut down the service. Their argument is that these carpools are unregulated, and the drivers are not licensed and don't have to follow the same regulations that bus and taxi services do. Perhaps that's a reason to re-examine the regulations rather than shutting down the carpooling service, though.

Filed Under: carpools, lawsuits, protectionism, regulations


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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Aug 2008 @ 2:56pm

    Bus isn't so bad, if it's adding value, and not a monopoly

    Best idea is an all-encompassing multi-modal transportation strategy.

    How do you get transit to compete with transportation?
    When the government focus is primarily on transit-oriented solutions, the quality of Transit tends to suffer, but a strategy that encourages carpooling and bus as equals alongside "plain vanilla" transportation has greater potential to lift the quality of both bus and carpooling options.

    When competition and more options exist will transit options look to differentiation.

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