Sunday, September 27, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, June 8, 2018
'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 2709 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

A ‘first’ Honolulu doesn’t need

'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges Mayor Caldwell to reject the City Council measure

News Release from Grassroot Institute, June 7, 2018

HONOLULU, June 7, 2018 >> The Honolulu City Council yesterday approved what could be the nation’s first ban on “surge pricing” by ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, prompting the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to warn that the real victim of this measure would be consumers.

The independent, nonpartisan policy think tank urged Mayor Kirk Caldwell to veto the measure, which generally has been cast as a pro-taxi service, anti-ride-hailing measure.

“We call on Mayor Caldwell to do the right thing and reject this proposal to restrict the freedom of consumers to choose,” said Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president of the Grassroot Institute. “Consumers deserve to have the choice of whether to pay more for a service they need or want. The ride-hailing companies make no secret of their surge pricing, nor do they force anyone to purchase their product. Instead, they offer an option that many people find useful.”

Under surge pricing, ride-hailing drivers charge more for their services during periods of greater demand. They inform the potential customers upfront how much their rides will cost, and the consumers can choose to use the service or not.

Taxi drivers are not allowed this same freedom, as they are still regulated under decades-old regulations written before there even were ride-hailing services. Pricing for taxis is based on mileage and time, with rates set by the city.

Akina said rather than restrict the freedom of ride-hailing services — and consumers — by banning surge pricing, the better option would be to reduce the regulation of taxi drivers.

“The City Council is meddling in the market,” Akina said. “Without the benefit of surge pricing, there would be no incentive that increases supply in times of great demand. When you need to get to the airport at a busy time, or you’re looking for a ride home from a New Year’s Eve concert, you’re willing to pay a little more to get where you need to go. If this proposed ban goes into effect, that option to ordinary consumers will no longer be available.”

Akina concluded: “The City Council decided to address a problem that didn’t exist by trying to take away choice from consumers. It won’t help us, and it won’t help Honolulu. We hope Mayor Caldwell will stand up for consumers and reject this proposal.”

###

Star-Adv: Don’t put ceiling on ridehail fares

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT