While there are quite a number of issues published around Uber, the taxi folks don't *seem* to have the same level of transparency in many places. However this is due to media exposure more than it is due to record keeping. Certainly when I drove taxi (some 20+ years ago I'll admit, but most of the structure here hasn't changed a lick), one went through a Criminal Records check, (police based), medical exam (annually), licence purchase (annual), and an on road check (with an examiner). All of which cost a few dollars. Both for the driver and in the case of the fleet owner the fleet plates also cost a few dollars (now lots of dollars I'm given to understand).
While Uber's statement is that they are a data communications company providing a link between those willing to drive folks about and those needing to be driven about. They insist up hill and down dale that they are NOT a taxi company and thus do NOT need to follow taxi company rules. This makes them more efficient and more agile. And because they are NOT a taxi company they don't need to follow rules that apply to taxi companies. Thus they don't need police records checks, they don't need annual medical exams, annual licences or annual on road checks, or annual plate renewal fees. This makes them cheaper, more effective and more efficient.
It also takes money out of the pockets of the citizens of each municipality in which they operate, reducing "taxes and fees" paid by the corporates and drivers that would normally go into maintaining municipal operations and thus increasing taxes on the individuals that reside within the municipalities, and distributing that money upward and away from the municipalities in question.
Perhaps the book should be republished with a new title.