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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    Dave, 26 Aug 2008 @ 5:47am

    It's not the first time.

    about 6 years ago, a company/website called AlloStop was doing the same thing. They were doing the carpool exchange.

    They were shut down as they were an unlicensed transportation company. Even though they didn't provide the rides, they were the booking agent. That's what caught them up. Providing the rides is one thing, they made money doing the bookings.

    The new site just puts ads up so they're not getting the same treatment. The busses are running scared as it would take their key market away, people going to less popular locations. Just think, the "milk run" routes that visit the small towns (and the big cities) will lose ridership to people paying $30 for gas instead of $100 for a bus ticket.

    Since airfare between major cities is comparable to bus tickets, the bus companies will lose their only real source of revenue.

    And for those that think that ride sharing can be dangerous, so can getting beheaded on a bus.

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