Keep 'em separated
- Midlantic Area
But, in my community, the heavily regulated taxi industry is harmed, and some customers of these cheaper, less regulated ride-shares are sometimes subjected to harrowing experiences.
In any community I've ever used a taxi, being "heavily regulated" just means that there are layers of graft (official and otherwise) that drive the price up while doing NOTHING to improve the quality of service or safety of the vehicles. Seriously, I have ridden in clapped-out Crown Vics with so much front end play that going over a pothole would cause the car to change lanes without input from the driver, and required 20°-30° of steering to affect the course. I've ridden in 20-year-old taxis that I could tell by the sound had zero rear brakes and precious little front brakes left, driven by people with clear disregard for anything but getting from Point A to Point B in the shortest possible time.
I, personally, in 40 years of occasional taxi use, have not witnessed a single positive benefit of "regulated" taxis. I've never had call to use Uber, but I wouldn't hesitate. They at least have standards about the physical condition of the car.