Getting Over Taxis
Tim O'Reilly

My understanding is that Uber and Lyft, because they are private cars, aren’t covered under public accommodation laws, meaning they are free to refuse to service a variety of classes of people for whatever reasons they decide. This is something taxis can’t do.

I enjoy Uber, so if we are going to sanction this change in the way transportation works, I’d like to see such laws extended to cover protected classes, too. In the same way taxis can’t, if you operate an Uber, you shouldn’t be able to deny service to an arbitrary segment of the population.