Here is the argument, in an article for CityMetric: “every licensed London taxi is meant to be wheelchair accessible. One of the reasons black cab drivers find Uber so irritating is that the private cab firm can charge a metered fare without the added cost of running an accessible vehicle. In a way, then, Uber already receives a subsidy – but a subsidy that goes entirely to those who can get in and out of its cars”. And then the punchline.
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That is because it would most likely subject Uber to some kind of regulatory commitment on the provision of disability-compliant vehicles. That is not where Uber is at: the name of its game is to wipe out the competition. Whether the public purpose is served somewhere along the way is incidental, rather than intentional. Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick did not call the established taxi trade “assholes” out of affection.