THE D.C. Taxicab Commission has promulgated rules that threaten to make it harder for Uber and other car-dispatch enterprises to offer new services. Consumers are clamoring for attractive transportation alternatives, but that seems to be of little consequence to an agency fixated on protecting city cabs from competition. The D.C. Council should rescind these harmful rules and move to abolish a commission whose usefulness is increasingly dubious.
San Francisco-based Uber’s entry into the D.C. market two years ago has been marked by battles with the taxi commission; the latest scrimmage centers on regulations approved Monday that would restrict the types of cars that qualify as sedans. [Disclosure: Jeff Bezos, who has entered into an agreement to purchase The Post, is an investor in Uber.]
Uber, which uses mobile-phone applications to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire, recently introduced a service that provides for lower fares through the use of mid-size fuel-efficient vehicles instead of the traditional luxury sedans. The new regulations would ban many of these vehicles from being hired, as well as place restrictions on the color of the cars. The restrictions are set to take effect as soon as they are published, though the commission said there would be further study.