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@LivefyreUserName I'll assume your question was to my reply so I'll answer. I'll also assume you are an Uber employee as I saw you post under this screen name elsewhere in these posts. I'll also assume you haven't a CLUE what I actually stated in my post.
Change prices if I could? In a dream world of the job I do ( I manage a taxi/transportation company) that would be ideal. But, no, I can't change prices. I can't change prices BECAUSE I run a LEGAL company who falls under REGULATION in the city in which we are permitted (licensed). That permit (or medallion or business license or whatever you want to call it depending on which city you're in) IS our license to do business. You know, the little piece of paper you need from your local government to open a business, the one you're supposed to DISPLAY at your place of business?
With said license are the rules that come with it. Our prices are set by the regulators. They don't say we can't charge less than the set rates for taximeters (which, by the way, are also inspected and sealed by the city to PREVENT overcharging/gouging of passengers) but we can't charge more. We certainly can't charge 1.5 to 7 TIMES the fare! Nor should we, especially due to the many obvious problems with taxis/drivers as a whole. I'm not blind to the complaints or "bad" drivers out there. Uber will get that also when they've been around long enough, I've already seen posts about "dbag" Uber drivers. (In a perfect world anyone performing a job, any job, would do it to the best of their ability. Too bad the work ethic in this country is in the shitter.)
Other "little" things like: commercial vehicle insurance, drug tests and background checks for drivers are a large part of staying in business for us and protecting customers who's safety we are responsible for every time they ride in one of our vehicles.
Uber's app is cool, yes it is. But it's definitely NOT unique. Our company uses Cabulous. Basically the same concept. Check it out. The argument that the taxi industry is 'against innovation" is beyond moot. The difference between the two? Cabulous made SURE we operated under regulation BEFORE allowing us to use their system, they send our company a set bill and the pricing is OURS - shown on a taximeter.
The biggest differences? We don't decide to gouge our customers just because we can't keep enough drivers on the road. (I say drivers only to compare to Uber because <gasp> they don't OWN any vehicles!) We are a legal company so ANY accident WILL be covered by our commercial insurance policy. Can you KNOW that an Uber driver has insurance AT ALL while you're paying to use that vehicle? Will you be able to find that driver after the fact? Uber won't help you, you agreed to hold them unaccountable. Same idea as all the "gypsy" cabs we have everywhere in the country - they're not running within regulation either. A "gypsy" cab is the guy who owns a vehicle and one day decides "hey, if I get a toplight and some magnetic signs, I can call myself a cab company"! Then he hits a car in the local grocery store parking lot while dropping off a passenger and not even the police can find him.
At some point I'll write a "blog for dummies" to hopefully get some understanding to the "me me me" crowd about the importance of regulation and how transportation companies work.
Again, none of us seriously gives a damn if Uber is in business. Competition is huge anyway, we're used to it. The technology is already in use in the taxi industry. I have no problem with regulation as I know it protects the passenger in the long run. My problem is Uber doing their best to disregard regulation (why can't they contact COMPANIES with their app instead of "drivers on the street" who are quite possibly operating illegally anyway) while taking advantage of passengers with their "surge pricing" ESPECIALLY in a time of crisis? Why should they be any different then say, the taxi companies in Washington DC who had to get GOVERNMENT PERMISSION to tack on an extra $15 per fare during Hurricane Sandy (which I found a sickening move also by the way)?
I'll sit back now and watch how many more just don't get it. Then I'm going to go to NY and open up a gas station where ever I feel like it. Heck, if Uber can operate without following the laws why can't I? As long as I can get someone to give me gasoline and a gas pump I'm all set right? Oh no, I forgot....I have to do the dance with the "mafioso" regulators don't I? I have to go offer a "bribe" to some local government official to get what I want? Sorry, folks, but this is basically another "urban legend" in the industry. "Dirty politics" is the FAVORITE argument of the "gypsy" cabs who can't get past the rules. Even here, in the little city I work in, I've heard the grumblings of "pay offs" and secret meetings between regulators and the "big" taxi companies. Funny, I only hear it from those who are unable or unwilling to be a LEGAL business.
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@carlinthecapital @paulcarr Only the people who have a clue about the transportation industry will understand. What the public doesn't understand is the need for regulation AND the ire of those of us in the industry fighting against Uber's disregard to said regulation. What gives them the legal right to raise prices when the rest of the industry has to get permission to do so?
@paulcarr So you did, sir! So you did. Apologies.
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Loved your outlook until I got to the end of your article. Kind of takes the wind out of your sails when you continue to use (possibly) drivers and vehicles that are just as shady as the drivers who signed on with Uber in taxis. An unlicensed driver in a town car is just as scary as an unlicensed driver in a taxi. I don't really understand the rationale, other than the taxis are dirtier?