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We received 7 arguments and 85 votes.
Customer voted 81% for propose to 19% for oppose,
Taxi Industry voted 0% for propose to 100% for oppose,
and Observer, Analyst, or Regulator voted 78% for propose to 22% for oppose,
Key DisagreementsCustomers were divided on whether Uber was as safe and reliable as regular taxis or not.
Key Consensus AreasCommenters generally agreed that the existing taxi services could be improved, in terms of the number of taxis available during peak hours.
We received 2 arguments and 26 votes, in these categories: public transport user, taxpayer, and observer / analyst.
Key DisagreementsPublic Transport Users were divided on whether a private transport system would be more cost-effective or more costly.
Key Consensus AreasCommenters generally agreed that the public transportation system was inexpensive compared to other countries, but could be improved further.
We received 6 arguments and 132 votes, in these categories: commenter, visitor, and website owner / blogger.
Key DisagreementsThe most hotly debated area was the category/perspective of website owner / blogger.
Key Consensus AreasThe least debated area was the category/perspective of visitor, which might indicate some consensus there. Commenters agreed that the quality of engagement on most commenting websites and forums was poor.
We received 3 arguments and 38 votes.
#1: Improve Dispute Resolution voted 78% for support to 22% for oppose,
#2: Create a Family Justice Court voted 0% for support to 100% for oppose,
and Broader Perspective voted 0% for support to 0% for oppose,
Key DisagreementsCommenters were divided on whether the reforms were sufficient to address the problems raised.
Key Consensus AreasThere was consensus that Recommendation #1 was worth pursuing.
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