Oh come on. You were mostly wringing your hands about the little guy being shafted. If the government imposes higher costs on Uber (by moving the goalposts) those costs will simply be passed right back down to the little guy. That's how all business taxes work.
It just baffles me that most people believe corporations - completely fictitious entities - actually pay taxes. The people who pay taxes, via the company, are the employees. Or the contractors. Or whatever you want to call them. Ultimately, of course, it's the customer who foots the bill. The corporation is just a proxy for the IRS. In the case of VAT, this is made explicit, but it's equally true of other kinds of tax, license fees, etc. It's the guy at the bottom of the heap who pays.
So you're basically conceding that this had nothing at all to do with Uber 'following business regulations' and everything to do with the fact that the wrong people were losing profits?
And that's going to work out better for drivers and consumers, is it?