According to City Lab,

Much like Keyser Soze, the greatest trick Uber ever played was convincing some of the world’s biggest cities that, when it comes to traffic, it doesn’t exist. But don’t count São Paulo, Brazil, among the fooled. The congestion-riddled metro recently proposed a bold, seemingly unprecedented plan for managing Uber, Lyft, and other e-hail cab outfits that threaten both to jam up local streets and to dissuade public officials from doing anything about it.

Now São Paulo wants to charge these companies a mileage fee.

The beauty of this scheme is its flexibility. Cities could choose to follow São Paulo’s example by:

  • Charging a fee based on time of day
  • Reward drivers who operate off-peak hours or who venture into underserved areas
  • Provide discounts for cars that carry low-income travelers or disabled residents
  • Entice vehicles to act as feeders for existing public transit hubs instead of competing with established bus and rail routes

What do you think? Should cities be charging companies that use the public streets a fee and if so how should this fee be applied?

Any comparison between Uber and the Devil is entirely unintentional and in the eye of the beholder.


City Lab