The necessity to centralize our collective independent small business operator's resources to demand our seat as a Major Stakeholder in Transportation Industry Regulation and Legislation is made abundantly clear in the BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES (Department of Justice) AND THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and RASIER, LLC (UBER) Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CITY OF SEATTLE (and TAXI RIDESHARE DRIVERS) IN FAVOR OF REVERSAL of the judges decision to allow the Seattle City Ordinance that empowers TAXI and RIDESHARE DRIVERS to form unions and negotiate contracts.
Per the FTC and DOJ:
"Taken to its logical conclusion, moreover, the district court's reading of the statute's "safe and reliable" authorizing language could cover nearly any type of anticompetitive restriction. For example, the City of Seattle could allow tire manufacturers (who, like drivers, also provide an input to taxi service) to collude to set prices charged to taxi operators on the ground that ensuring good tire quality is important to the safety of passengers. Or it could allow auto mechanics to collude on the prices they charge for their services on the ground that ensuring high-quality mechanical service promotes passenger safety. The State surely did not intend to allow such absurd results, yet they would flow from the district court's reasoning."
To recap, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice COMPARED TAXI and RIDESHARE INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESS OPERATOR'S TO TIRES.
Worse? FTC and DOJ is of the opinion TAXI & RIDESHARE INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESS OPERATORS akin to TIRES, are merely an "INPUT MARKET" and are NOT a STAKEHOLDER in the Transportation Industry.
After FTC and DOJ's refusal to intervene on the misapplication & abuse of State Action Immunity legislation nationwide which blocked drivers from independent small business operator permits, manipulated insurance regulations to risk shift to drivers, and set the stage to exterminate licensed independent small biz operators in order to perpetuate our current powerless indentured servitude operating conditions... The FTC and DOJ suddenly rushed in to intervene on the court's decision in favor of the Seattle Driver's Union Ordinance - because States Action Immunity backed legislation was- for the 1st time in the history of TAXIS and TNCs ACTUALLY IN FAVOR OR CAB and RIDESHARE DRIVERS.
Let that sink in.