Hitch that ride: can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2012, 07:34 posted on
As more and more people are using crowdsourced car-hire and sharing services, the apps and companies behind them are not going to stay below the radar for much longer, and the freeriding days might be behind them, pun intended...
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1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
Until someone gets robbed, dies, rapped or is kidnapped. Never under estimate the evil in the human mind. Sorry to be so doom and gloom.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
In most U.S. metropolitan areas, the city generally has jurisdiction over cab service. If the city can convince a judge that the 'ride-sharing' is effectively a cab service, the next challenge will be to enforce the ban(s). An injunction could probably shut down the app developers, but if the apps have reached critical mass, then the city has to go after the individuals doing the ride sharing, which is a bit more challenging.
3. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
There is also a huge question of liability should an accident/injury/death occur. Drivers may or may not have umbrella coverage, but there's no doubt an aggressive lawyer would go after everyone, including the service itself.