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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    Burning Man, 25 Aug 2008 @ 6:36pm

    Clue Pooling

    If an unregulated, unlicensed taxi cab company solicits for business online, that's probably BAD, umkay. But there is no law against meeting others at work, at a bar, or on Craig's List to arrange shared rides for commuting or special events. A social networking website with a particular goal of putting people together to share rides (or love) is neither illegal nor bad.

    The bus company is not necessarily espousing Republican or Democratic philosophy, but is surely not Libertarian or Green. What's next, Ford bitching that the Mini Cooper unfairly competes with the Excursion, and that in a crash between the two, the Excursion is safer... Give me a break.

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