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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    Enrico Suarve, 27 Aug 2008 @ 1:59am

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    When you start doing something for money, as in this case, that's exactly what you are: a business.

    Where does it say people are doing this for the money? It seems people are doing this to cut their own costs - not the same thing

    Seems a lot of people are ASSUMING people are abusing the service and using it to start up unofficial taxi services - wheres the evidence? If someone starts to abuse the service and does this, then (and only then) they are breaking the law

    Not everything in this world needs regulating - if you come to my house and I give you a beer in return for something else should I be a licensed premises?

    Face it - some of us are adults and capable of making decisions for ourselves - people using this service know that what they are getting is not a licensed, vetted taxi service and are OK with that. Why should they be forced to use expensive overcrowed services just because some others are only happy if everything in their lives is regulated and guaranteed? Why is it that just because they are not terrified of meeting people and of everything that could go wrong that they ae supposedly the ones with the problem?

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