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Uber CEO Argues He Can’t Compete if the Playing Field is Level

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Mar 14, 2014 3:00 pm

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Uber is right that many existing ground transportation rules are about the incumbents, not the consumer. But it’s so tiring to hear them complain about having to abide by rules others have to live with.

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An Uber app is seen on an iPhone in Beverly Hills, California, December 19, 2013. Uber has entered more than 60 markets, ranging from its hometown of San Francisco to Berlin to Tokyo. Leaked financials in December indicate that the company, which began connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire about 3-1/2 years ago, is generating $200 million a year in revenue beyond what it pays to drivers. Photo taken December 19, 2013. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is not pleased with the Seattle City Council’s current moves towards regulating Uber and other ridesharing companies.

On a conference call about his company’s decision to expand its insurance coverage, Kalanick was asked about how UberX would operate in Seattle if the City Council voted to limit the number of drivers the company could have on the road at any given time.

“I think the short answer is that the rules are designed to incapacitate Uber and make it unusable,” Kalanick said.

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