Ride-sharing company Uber encounters a brick wall of government lobbying whenever they try to expand. The scene currently in New Zealand is more of the same. The country's Ministry of Transport has attempted to block the company from securing regulatory changes that would speed up the process of getting new drivers on the road. If history is any indication, the California-based company will find a way in sooner or later.

Uber doesn't care about its driver

Uber is infamous for their arrogant and forceful business practices around the world, as are many of the big Silicon Valley companies. They continue to destroy industries while accumulating fantastical wealth in the process.

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To many drivers, Uber may seem like an easy and convenient way for supplemental income, however, the company wants no part of the responsibility and costs of taking on actual employees. In their defense, self-driving cars are right around the corner so from a business standpoint, it would be wasteful to invest in human drivers who will soon be obsolete. Until then, they will continue to strong arm their way around the world. 

New Zealand braces for Uber takeover

Despite the government doing all they can to fend off the ride-sharing company, it's just a matter of time before they win against the taxi industry in New Zealand. From a customer standpoint, people love the service. It's quicker, cleaner, and less expensive than a conventional taxi. Above all, the whole process can be done on our smartphone, a piece of technology that has essentially become an integral part of society.

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Perhaps one of the most powerful tools the service has against competitors is crowd control. Giving customers the ability to rate their experience creates a type of social camaraderie that the younger generation can relate to. Pictures and reviews of the driver are available which provides a feeling of security for customers although the hiring process to become an Uber driver is not exactly selective.

The consumer decides all

The taxi industry can try to protest their respective governments when it comes to ride-sharing services. That being said, it is a losing battle. Sure, these Silicon Valley companies may be arrogant and unethical in their ways but it's ultimately up to the consumer to decide their fate. As of now, the consumer is able to ignore these negative qualities and focus solely on the convenience. Consumers have the money and as history has shown, money tends to hold great power. Unless ride-share services are eventually boycotted, it looks like the taxi industry is seeing its final days. #World Politics