Letter to the Editor

We need to calm the rhetoric in this debate around regulation of Uber and Lyft. I can’t understand how Uber, valued at over $60 billion, can say that following minimum measures to protect its drivers and consumers would hurt the wild success the company has already enjoyed in this county.

Or how the mayor can say that a piece of county legislation would “drive Uber and Lyft out of business.” It’s clear people love Uber, and Uber is here to stay. But the county still has the responsibility to ensure that passengers have drivers who are trained and professional, and that everyone — including those who are differently abled — has access to transportation if they need it. Giving Uber free rein to dictate how the system runs just does not do that.