Consider the story of Megan Zambas, who used a valet service to park her car at a bar (HT: blogHouston). Some time after this she was pulled over and informed that a warrant was out for her license plate!?! (I must admit that I was unaware that warrants could be issued for a license plate, but that is a different issue.) Apparently, an employee of the valet service had "borrowed" her car and was issued a speeding ticket, which he failed to pay.
Zambas has spent considerable time and effort in a futile attempt to resolve this problem. The valet company is washing its hands of the incident, and the city official responsible for regulating valets is taking a similar stance:
So, if the city is not actually paying attention to the companies it is supposedly regulating, what is the point of the regulations? Given that valet companies must pay a $1,000 fee for permission to operate, we might think that such regulations are a means of raising revenue for the city. However, it is doubtful that the revenue raised from the 29 companies with a permit will even pay Rambo's salary, so it wouldn't be particularly beneficial to the city from a financial perspective. Of course, the city has previously claimed that money-pits somehow save taxpayers money.
Liliana Rambo issues permits to valet companies and says the city has never received a complaint against Courtesy Parking Service, the valet company responsible for parking Zambas' car. Rambo said, "We have 29 valet companies that have a permit."
"It would very hard to try to police every single valet operator with the amount of people and the amount of valet that happens," Rambo said.
Government regulations are seldom, if ever, motivated by revenue generation. Nor are they motivated by consumer protection, regardless what government officials may say. They are aimed at control over businesses. They are intended to dictate how businesses and individuals may act.
Government regulations are immoral for the same reason that they are impractical--they prohibit individuals from acting according to their own rational judgment in the pursuit of their own self-interest. They prohibit individuals from taking the actions necessary to sustain and enjoy their lives. And they become a magnet for power-lusting bureaucrats who relish the ability to impose their arbitrary decrees upon the businesses that they regulate.
It is interesting that Rambo is quick to make excuses for her inability to do her job. She has a mere 29 businesses to "police", but she cannot do that. Yet, those businesses are expected to obey her every demand and dictate. And consumers--the alleged beneficiaries of these regulations--are of little concern to her. The only "winner" in this sham is Rambo and her cronies.