Not in all cities will law enforcement keep applications like Uber from operating. To most taxi companies, such services are a full front against fair commerce and trade. They do not find it fair nor convenient that, while they have to pay service fees, taxes, and registrations they get competition from a business that operates only through an online jurisdiction.
They seem to be correct about it. It really does not sound so fair. But business is business, some might say. If we were to go with that expression, we have to say that, in a capitalistic world, it is completely true.
Now, if taxi companies are hoping for their governments to do something about it, they must know that these type of legislations can take many months in order for them to take effect if any. So, it comes down to taxi companies to make their businesses prosper even when they have to compete against such online companies.
Here are some ideas on what can taxi companies do to stay afloat obsoletely over a sea of innovation.
Earn a Better Reputation
One thing that taxi companies have to their favor is the fact that apps like Uber and Lyft are not necessarily trustworthy. Plus, since they are not really regulated, there can be some legal effects associated with it.
Being heavily regulated, taxi companies should claim their exclusive right to transport people as they are paying to be allowed to do so. In other words, taxi companies should use that exclusiveness the system provides to get a better reputation.
This begins by making some regulations to their policy. Generate ideas that offer clients a better service. This is what competition is about, doing things better than them. If the competition improves what we did, we improve more.
Innovate with Technology
The thing about Uber and Lyft is that they use high-tech and put it in the palm of people’s hands. This is because these online corporations are usually founded by the man with the tech.
But taxi companies cannot stay behind. There was this initiative last year by Yellow Cab from San Diego to place a yellow button in places that usually require a taxi. Every time somebody from these places needs a ride, all they need to do is press the button and Yellow Cab would send a unit.
An application for services offered would be great. The system would be like Uber and Lyft, but they would be using the legally established service for transportation. If you need to develop such app, there is an App Development Vancouver company who would be happy to work with.