Originally Posted by jollyburger
Only in America. They can't control an American company from following local regulations but somehow their business dealings with Saudi Arabia is somehow some backward step for gender equality. If they are that backwards how can you allow any US company (Apple, Google) to have a presence there. But no, forget about human rights we have some moral war to win with Uber.
I think you need to weigh the consequences of breaking the laws in regressive/regressing countries like Saudi Arabia, or the US. In Saudi Arabia, there are death or beatings-to-within-an-inch-of-death, or deadly prisons for breaking laws. Nobody is going to drive an Uber car in Saudi Arabia unless they have connections to keep them from landing in Jail. So no women are going to drive there.
But I've yet to have a female driver when taking Uber/Lyft in the US either. Breaking a law in the US is not an automatic death sentence, so the risk of breaking laws, especially those on discrimination is little more than a slap on the wrist. So if you drive an Uber car and are so racist or sexist that you won't pick up certain passengers based on their names, that's your prerogative.
As for Taxi zoning in Metro Vancouver. Obviously this was a solution for a time before cell phones. It should have been abandoned in the 90's when everyone stated having a cell phone and thus pickups could be dispatched in both directions to get driver back to their home zone.