The top photo shows how Hurricane Sandy took out a section of Hwy 12 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, making that section of the road now impassable for regular vehicles. There is a bypass around the collapsed highway, but it requires a 4×4 vehicle that can drive on the soft sand without getting stuck. So there is now a thriving business for locals with 4x4s and trailers, who are ferrying two wheel drive vehicles (sometimes with an entire family still inside) across the half-mile or so of sand where the highway is impassible for regular cars. A waitress at a local restaurant told a regular reader of Carpe Diem that the going rate for the “sand taxis” is about $25.
A good example of the invisible hand at work. At least until the local government shuts down the “sand taxis” for: a) price gouging, or b) operating a taxi/transport service without the proper “permission slip”/license from the government. And if that does happen, it would undoubtedly be to “further the public interest” and “protect the consumers” against engaging in mutually beneficial trade with local entrepreneurs.