Sure, the taxi mafias are powerful - most of all here in Vancouver if you can believe it. Make no mistake, regular people don't want these services banned AT ALL, it's collusion between taxi permit holders and gov't under the guise of safety. And I'm pretty sure automakers and oil companies are fuelling the anti-Uber PR fire as well, because the implications of widespread ridehsare adoption will lead to us needing far fewer vehicles.
Think about that for a second:
If more people sell their cars and switch to using Uber/Lyft and other rideshare services, who loses?
It's not really the taxi companies - it's the auto/oil sector due to reduced sales of vehicles and fuel.
Now ask yourself this: Do you think the auto/oil companies have a bit of cash to spend on anti-rideshare PR and lobbying?
I strongly urge you to question WHY taxis/gov't etc wants these services banned. And don't fall for the safety red herring.
Download/Read/Share: “Assessing and Reforming Vancouver's Taxi Regulations“ by Benn Proctor