What we need now in New York City is the same intestinal fortitude exhibited by our English cousins.
Three cheers for regulators who believe that health and safety standards, put in place to protect both drivers and passengers, should be applied equally to all of those looking to play a part in what is essentially a public conveyance franchise, and not a private right.
I have been a taxi medallion owner for almost three decades. For the privilege of being able to buy that medallion I entered into a contract. It was quite simple: I was asked to follow a set of rules; and the city promised to enforce those rules. That has not been the case with Uber. Just one example among many: taxis are going to have to have 50% of their cabs accessible to people with disabilities by 2020.
What we need now in New York City is the same intestinal fortitude exhibited by our English cousins. If Uber can’t compete on a level playing field let them hit the road.
Nino Hervias is a medallion owner and plaintiff in a lawsuit against the TLC.