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Remember how Mom always told you not to get in cars with strangers? Ride-sharing services have turned that sage advice on its head.
It’s easy to see why. Using Uber is far easier than trying to hail a cab on a crowded corner. Just whip out your phone, log in to the app, tap for a ride, and then pay for it with another tap when you’ve reached your destination. These new services are cheaper than traditional taxis, too.
Drivers could be working for Uber AND a competitor. Reduces their downtime.
Uber execs will call for Lyft rides and then try to recruit the drivers. Henry, who’s been driving for about five months in Los Angeles, was approached by Uber and offered a $500 bonus for switching from Lyft. The next week he was back to working for both services, half a grand richer.
According to reports by CNN Money, Uber has been telling drivers in New York City that they are violating city regulations by driving for both services. This is not true. They are all legally independent contractors.
Ride-sharing services will run background and DMV checks for new drivers, but that’s often where it stops.
Driver estimates that 70 percent of his weekend passengers are drunk, so like many drivers he carries barf bags in his car.
If a passenger does the big spit all over the back seat, drivers can be reimbursed from $50 to $250 for “damage.” However, they must first photograph the barf and send the pic to Uber,
One reason why many drivers no longer offer water, candy, and other amenities is that the price war between Uber and Lyft has taken a serious toll on drivers’ wages.
Drivers occasionally hit it off with passengers and get invited into their homes or to a bar to share drinks.
Drivers also rate passengers and have the ability to have you booted from the service if you violate the rules, are abusive, or worse. Your account is deactivated and you can no longer log in to request rides.
You know how Uber says a 20 percent tip is included in the fare? Uber drivers we contacted said they never see a dime of that money.
Even metro areas that tolerate ride-sharing services often block them from picking up passengers from the airport — traditionally one of the most lucrative fares for taxi cabs and limo services. But there’s a workaround, manually change the pickup location to a spot outside the radius of the airport, call for a ride, and then text your real location to the driver.
Uber and Lyft are bitter rivals in the taxi app game, but they have found common ground: Opposing Taxi and Limousine Commission rules on how people will get their smartphone-summoned ride.
The TLC said Tuesday it will revive a proposal to stop bases from dispatching another base’s car, unless both owners agree — an unlikely scenario between Uber and Lyft. That means drivers who use both services would have a smaller pool of fares and it could be a hurdle for companies to attract enough drivers to meet their demand.
“We are concerned the proposed TLC rule changes will have unintended consequences that limit driver flexibility, reduce consumer convenience and squash innovation in the NYC transportation market,” said David Mack, Lyft’s director of public affairs. Meanwhile, Uber put out a statement that said the TLC rules are “bad for both riders and drivers.”
The Livery Round Table, an industry group, backs the TLC proposal, a spokeswoman said.
The TLC is pushing the rule because drivers from a base affiliated with one company were picking up fares hailed through another service. A for-hire vehicle industry insider, Ira Goldstein of The Black Car Fund, told amNewYork last month an Uber driver picked up his request for a Lyft car.
“This is being done without the knowledge or consent of the vehicles’ affiliated bases,” reads a TLC notice on the proposal. “These new practices have given rise to problems not addressed in the TLC’s rules.”
The proposal, which will be discussed at an Oct. 16 TLC hearing, would only allow a for-hire-vehicle base to send out unaffiliated cars if its base owner agrees; it would require bases to give the TLC trip records, prohibit a base from sending out a different class of car, and require that riders get the name and license number of the car’s affiliated base.
“There are some extremely good reasons for these rules that are grounded totally in passenger protection and driver protection,” said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg. “Right now, the TLC has no way to ID a driver who is dispatched by an unaffiliated base app.”
Avtar Singh, 28, a driver from Richmond Hill, who uses an Uber car and picks up Lyft fares too, said no passenger has complained about the setup in his 10 months behind the wheel. Driving for both companies, he said, helps him make about $2,500 a week to support his family and cover the $800 rent for the car.
“If I’m working with one company, then I have to wait longer” for passengers, said Singh, who was offered for interview by Lyft. “If I do that, I’m not going to make my money.”
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