LEGISLATION TO BE DEBATED AS GOVERNMENT DEADLINE DRAWS CLOSER …
|| By FITSNEWS || A South Carolina legislative subcommittee will meet next week to debate Uber – the ride-sharing service this website has praised as representing “the very best of technological innovation, free market principles and environmental stewardship.”
Founded in San Francisco in 2009, Uber recently launched in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, S.C. – prompting the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff to launch a full-fledged war against the service. Not only that, they launched an espionage effort seeking to infiltrate the service’s recruiting efforts.
“Spy state” much?
More troublingly, the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled Uber was not allowed to conduct business in the Palmetto State – although it later “stayed” this unjust order pending the passage of legislation regulating the service.
That stay runs out this summer, though … meaning if lawmakers don’t agree on rules for Uber, the government ban would resume.
How sad – yet how typical. Here’s a private sector innovation providing a needed service to people and putting some extra money in drivers’ pockets. Yet rather than embrace it – and its positive impact on our consumer economy – state leaders want to kill it (while simultaneously working to raise gas taxes).
Seriously … motorists don’t stand a chance in this state!
Government has no right to interfere in private transactions like this – no right whatsoever. If a motorist wishes to use his or her vehicle as a taxi, that should be entirely up to them. And this arbitrary deadline imposed by the PSC? They had no right to block Uber in the first place – so why should they be allowed to hold service providers and users hostage like this?
Government is forcing the company to negotiate with a gun to its head … hoping to extract maximum concessions on behalf of itself and special interests like State Farm Insurance, which is lobbying hard against Uber.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: South Carolina has everything it needs to be competitive – abundant resources, natural beauty and hard-working (if not especially bright) people.
But as long as our state’s leaders insist on strangling – not supporting – our free market, then South Carolina will continue leading the nation in everything bad and bringing up the rear in everything good.
Anyway … for more information on next week’s Uber hearing (including those state lawmakers who will be rendering judgment on the issue), click the link below …