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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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), 26 Aug 2008 @ 9:49am

    No regulation

    In farmland parts of California migrant workers would pay individuals with large, windowless vans with the seats gutted out to drive them from the city out to their current farm of employment. There were no seatbelts and they would cram 20 people into some of the larger ones. After a few accidents involving these vans and having 12-15 people die in a single accident the State decided to enforce some rules like seats/seatbelts and mass transport licenses (of course, seatbelts were already law). It makes sense to have a regulated service. I could see where there is no money changing hands where would you draw the line...?

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