In the showdown between the taxicab industry and upstart car services, there are no Davids — just Goliaths.
Burgeoning ride-for-hire companies led by Uber, whose worth has been estimated at $17 billion, have the deeper pockets. But established taxicab owners, with their decades-long foothold in the community, have a stronger grip on local politics.
And not just in Miami-Dade County.
Government regulators across the country and in Europe are struggling with how to control the digital-dispatch services that have upended the transportation business. Massive cab protests in Paris, Madrid and Berlin two weeks ago paralyzedtraffic.
But some places have found a way for the competing giants to coexist. And therein may lie lessons for Miami-Dade.
The companies, which don’t hire chauffeurs or own vehicles, allow users to summon rides from freelance drivers using smartphone applications. They say that exempts them from taxicab and limousine rules.