Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When Is a Taxi Not a Taxi? Uber fights to change Taxi industry perception forever

When Is a Taxi Not a Taxi?

The new car service company Uber exposes the idiocy of American cities’ cab regulations.

Uber is a company that’s exciting, innovative, useful, and arguably shouldn’t exist at all. It is a solution to a ridiculous problem created by cartels and overregulation.

“I wanted to be able to press a button and get a classy ride,” explained CEO Travis Kalanick when I asked him to describe Uber’s origin story to me at a launch event for its D.C. branch on Wednesday. So last year Kalanick, Oscar Salazar, and Garrett Camp founded a company originally known as UberCab in San Francisco.

The original name made perfect sense, since at root what Uber provides is a taxi service. Just about every major city in America has, in addition to its heavily regulated cab drivers, a largish fleet of private sedan drivers who do things like take businessmen on pre-arranged drives to and from airports. These limo services generally feature nicer cars, higher prices, and—crucially—different moments of peak demand. Car services get a lot of business weekday mornings, and to a lesser extent in the afternoon rush hour. But very few business travelers need a ride from the airport late on a Friday or Saturday night, which is the time lots of drunk young people want a ride home or maybe to a different bar.

These are two fairly distinct market segments. Airplanes take off and land at defined.........

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P.s.
Warning to Uber and Lyft drivers

"Uber Destroyed My Life

I was looking for a way to generate some extra income to supplement my veteran pension, give me something to do with my spare time, and most importantly help make the $409/month payments on my 2013 Chrysler 300. I saw an ad from Uber guaranteeing a very lucrative job as well as great working conditions and a secure future. I hired on as an Uber driver and at first everything they claimed seemed to be mostly true. I was earning decent money (though not as much as their ads promised) and was getting plenty of work. All was good until one day I became involved in an accident. It was only then that I discovered that my personal liability insurance did not cover me because my car was being used for commercial purposes. Uber’s mythical “1 million dollar liability coverage” only covered Uber, not me or my car. I am now being sued by the other driver’s insurance company for thousands of dollars and my smashed Chrysler 300 sits in a junk yard racking up storage fees. On top of all of this, no traditional taxi companies will touch me now because of the accident on my driving record.
I was only trying to earn an honest extra income and now I have no car, just the $409/month payments and a huge pending lawsuit. None of this would have happened if I had been working for a legitimate taxi company that is required by law to provide both a car and commercial insurance for their drivers. If only I had known then what I know now. Uber is a lying, dishonest company that does not give a damn about their drivers and is only out to make a dishonest buck.DO NOT WORK FOR UBER OR THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU LIKE IT DID TO ME! "

72 comments:

  1. We're introducing a new taxi app(SAYTAXI) that let's a user hail a cab with just one tap. You can see on a map all available drivers in your area as well as their names and cab make and registration. You can now connect directly with a taxi driver. As soon as we have enough participating drivers in your area, we'll release the passenger app. Taxi revolution is finally here.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.multibrains.taxi.driver

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    1. Saytaxi stinks, it is not any different from all other BS taxi apps, which try to collect money from cab drivers before drivers start to make money............
      total waste of time

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    2. Here we go, UBER and Walmart are getting together to promote slavery of XXIst century

      ENSLAVE YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING AND GET $30 OFF from your next ride with UBER ........:)

      copy and paste below link and see for youself

      http://www.uberxpromocode.com/uber-x-walmart-coupon-matchups.php

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    3. you forgot to mention "in name of lowering customer prices and coolness :) ".......... or MAY BE, TO MAXIMIZE CORPORATE F%^$# PROFITS for wall street investors?

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    4. I like saytaxi options, you can pre-book calls, your pick up address shows up and is very visible, so customer has a chance to correct it, if for some reason the app doesn't show the right address.
      You don't have to log in to use this app........
      ...... but there is a lot of room for improvement, to make it killer app........

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    5. Nothing can compare to Uber and Lyft

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    6. yeap, you must be one of those UBER MORONS, who is driving people around for $1.20 a mile in your own car
      while local taxi rate is $2.40 a mile plus tip and company's cab............

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    7. I just gave up on using UBER, because every time I try to use it, the app prompted me to share it on my facebook and google +
      is this legal?

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    8. Uber Destroyed My Life
      I was looking for a way to generate some extra income to supplement my veteran pension, give me something to do with my spare time, and most importantly help make the $409/month payments on my 2013 Chrysler 300. I saw an ad from Uber guaranteeing a very lucrative job as well as great working conditions and a secure future. I hired on as an Uber driver and at first everything they claimed seemed to be mostly true. I was earning decent money (though not as much as their ads promised) and was getting plenty of work. All was good until one day I became involved in an accident. It was only then that I discovered that my personal liability insurance did not cover me because my car was being used for commercial purposes. Uber’s mythical “1 million dollar liability coverage” only covered Uber, not me or my car. I am now being sued by the other driver’s insurance company for thousands of dollars and my smashed Chrysler 300 sits in a junk yard racking up storage fees. On top of all of this, no traditional taxi companies weill touch me now because of the accident on my driving record.
      I was only trying to earn an honest extra income and now I have no car, just the $409/month payments and a huge pending lawsuit. None of this would have happened if I had been working or a legitimate taxi company that is required by law to provide both a car and commercial insurance for their drivers. If only I had known then what I know now. Uber is a lying, dishonest company that does not give a damn about their drivers and is only out to make a dishonest buck.DO NOT WORK FOR UBER OR THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU LIKE IT DID TO ME!

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  2. Gold & Green Taxi not only specializes in providing eagan taxi service in Minneapolis but also provides professional town car service in Twin Cities, Edina and Eagan. These taxis in Edina and taxis in Eagan run around the city to service customers with different and unique transportation requirements which Eagan Mn company specializing in rides to the Msp Airport.

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  3. who cares about Uber, Hailo and other big names in hailing, flagging application field?
    they don't care about Florida, so may be some local geek should create Florida's own taxi hailing app? and let people and taxi drivers use it for free or for symbolic fee.
    After all, this is not some kind life saving innovation to create the app and it doesn't take million hours to develop

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    1. Do you even have a clue how Uber works? Obviously not.

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    2. Dude, why don't you enlight everybody on how uber works............
      ........from your post, I can only read
      "obviously, no clue, uber"
      w/o explanation or any reasoning ............
      ......

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  4. What can be done with Uber, Lyft, Hailo possible encroachment in Florida?

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  5. "(R) Marco Rubio: screw Florida cab and limo drivers, let the big corporations like Uber or Lyft with heavy backing from venture capital take over personal transportation market in US, Europe, Australia, Mars, etc, and make all the transactions go through ONE company...........isn't this a corporate monopoly at birth?
    .......something like all those small mom and pop hardware stores were put out of business by Home Depot few decades ago or like Walmart put out of business small manufacturing companies around US in name of "lowering customer prices"...!!?? yeah, right.
    Decades later, we know results, China and Walton family are getting richer, employees at Walmart are collecting all kind of governmental support (at cost to tax payers) because they can not afford to live on $8.00 an hour and we as customers are forced to buy cheap Sh^%$ made in China, which falls apart after 2 weeks of using it.........."

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    1. to read whole article about:

      "(R) Marco Rubio: screw Florida cab and limo drivers, let the big corporations like Uber or Lyft with heavy backing from venture capital take over personal transportation market in US, Europe, Australia, Mars, etc, and make all the transactions go through ONE company...........isn't this a corporate monopoly at birth? "

      please check this link

      http://saint-petersburg-florida-taxi.blogspot.com/2014/03/marco-rubio-r-screw-florida-cab-drivers.html

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  6. Guess what, there is growing competition targeting Uber?

    "The taxi app wars are about to get a whole lot more interesting. German taxi startup mytaxi, founded in 2009 and currently operating in six markets with 10 million app downloads under its belt, is planning to switch from taking a fixed-fee cut of taxi journeys to a marketplace model where drivers choose the percentage revenue per journey to give over. Pricing can be set at between 3 percent and 30 percent of the final fare.

    Driving jobs are then assigned by mytaxi taking the level of revenue share into consideration. mytaxi is claiming this real-time bidding system is the first example of an auction model being applied in the taxi industry."

    .........Just wait, until someone comes with the idea of charging taxi driver 5-10 cents per call........

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    1. May be not 10 cents a call, but for sure not 20% + 1099 form like Uber slave master is doing it

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    2. you got that right, uber = slave master. In Tampa Bay, they pay driver $3.20 on $5.00 fare before expenses, tips included, LOL
      .............tragicomedy

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    3. I still think Uber is great idea, but their rates and the way they conduct business makes me sick....
      ...why everything about Uber is illegal and BS? why as a driver I have to look over my shoulder and be afraid of being charged with misdemeanor?
      Why Uber don't tell me, how to operate legally in Tampa Bay?

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  7. I don't know if hiring drivers and enticing them to commit illegal acts against local jurisdictions can be called racketeering ? , but for sure it sounds and looks like ORGANIZED CRIME to me.

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    1. read full article at

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-22/uber-lyft-face-racketeering-lawsuit-by-connecticut-cab-groups.html

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  8. Question:
    am I allowed to use my own taxi cab with all the lettering to do UBER calls? / thx

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  9. "............I met the Uber at the corner of the street where I live near Lincoln Center in New York City, and asked the driver to take me across town. It was an unremarkable trip.

    Until the end.

    At the end of the ride, the Uber driver asked me if I had been near Lincoln Center a few hours earlier. I said I hadn't, since I didn't remember walking past there. Then he took out his iPad. "Really?" he asked. "Because you look like this girl." He turned the iPad around to face the back seat. To my surprise, I saw a full-length, close-up picture of me, wearing the workout clothes I’d had on an hour previously.........."

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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/28/uber-s-biggest-problem-isn-t-surge-pricing-what-if-it-s-sexual-harassment-by-drivers.html

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  10. "...............A statewide poll of more than 3,000 Floridians released today found that 78% of Floridians believe the transportation provider and ride sharing mobile app company Uber should be regulated the same as taxis and other transportation providers. The poll, commissioned by Mears Transportation Group and supported by the Florida Taxicab Association asked Floridians for their opinions on the vehicle-for-hire industry, laws that regulate the industry and specifically how they felt about Uber’s business model.

    Uber and other ridesharing or “network” companies’ business plan relies heavily on changing or ignoring local regulations - regulations designed to protect consumers and ensure service to all citizens.

    Ironically, one of the most interesting findings in the poll relates to Uber’s business model, in that Uber fails to even OFFER service to approximately 50 percent of the public. This figure is predicated on the fact that Uber requires smartphones and credit cards in order to sign up and utilize their service................"

    read more

    http://www.floridataxicabassociation.com/site/statewide-poll-shows-floridians-against-giving-uber-free-ride/

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  11. ".....The Property and Casualty Insurance Association of America, an influential trade group, issued a statement during hearings in Buffalo, New York, which would ban operations by Uber and Lyft, alleging “serious insurance gaps” in operations by TNC services. Kristina Baldwin, a spokesperson for the organization, said that ride-sharing services’ insurance policies are “a source of confusion for drivers and passengers, who either erroneously believe that the personal automobile policy will provide coverage, or realize that it does not and are simply hoping for the best. This confusion is likely to result in costly coverage disputes and delayed compensation to accident victims.......”

    read more

    http://www.fastcompany.com/3032165/most-innovative-companies/why-the-insurance-industry-is-taking-aim-at-uber-and-lyft



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    1. "Uber,- Insurance and Integrity Problems

      Uber is up to it's old tricks again, advertising 'facts' that are not even close to being 100% factual. In this case Uber claims that they perform background checks that exceed the checks performed by conventional taxi companies, and they also claim to have 1 million dollar per incident liability insurance. A recent NBC investigative report from a San Francisco TV station exposes the fallacy of these claims.

      It turns out that when you ride in an Uber car, you are typically not covered at all, neither by the drivers personal insurance nor by any insurance whatsoever from Uber. If you incur any injury while riding, or crashing, in an Uber car, you or your family will be stuck paying the entire medical bill yourself. This type of expense, potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars, could of course bankrupt even a well to do person. ...."

      read more at

      http://saint-petersburg-florida-taxi.blogspot.com/2014/09/uber-insurance-and-integrity-problems.html

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  12. anybody in Tampa Bay who is willing to share uberx driving experience ?
    how much do you make a day? what kind clientele you get? do you encounter legal problems with local cops? how long it takes to sign up with uberx, does uberx plan to expand to Sarasota, Ft Myers and Naples areas? etc.

    thank you

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    1. Don't bother, you can not support yourself by working for Uber,- without their subsidized fares, you would be making less than $5 / hr gross and even with those subsidies you wont make more than $50 a day on 12 hour shift after expenses
      They simply don't have enough calls, their rate at $1.50 a mile is too low and their %20 commission cut is too high.
      though, The idea of Uber is great, but company itself is disconnected from drivers needs as much as owners of every large cab company in US.
      BTW
      they practice deceptive advertising too to lure new drivers, by promising $15, $25 , $35 / hour, which is total BS

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    2. how much money can you make with uber?

      watch this video on youtube

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoG0_opM-U

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  13. I like uber in general, but on occasion their system gets really messed up, eg.
    it's 3 am , I am only car for the area of 200 square miles and some drunk punk tries to use uber from 20 miles away, -on first 3-4 occasions I pass on the call, but he keeps requesting uber, so I keep receiving same call, even though, he probably gets the message that I am 45-50 minutes away.
    In the end I accept the call and after 25 minutes of driving i get to the guy, just to find out, that him and his body are completely drunk, go on $5 run and they start to insult me verbally.. use foul language for not apparent reason. etc.- total mayhem
    In my old cab, dispatcher wouldn't give me that call in first place, but if for some reason I would end with those 2 in my taxi, I would have an option to kick them out or call cops, but with uber I can not do that, because they can give me negative feedback, which they probably did anyway.
    Too bad, that uber doesn't make information about negative feedbacks from customers accessible to drivers, -anyway, after this trip, my rating went down from 5 stars to 4.9.....

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  14. Customer and possible Uber driver point of view:

    "I just signed up with Uber and according to their app, my credit card will be charged $1.5 a mile ($5 minimum)
    Good for a passenger, but not so good for a driver

    Driver expenses:
    after paying 20% fee to Uber , which is $0.30,
    ~$0.25 per mile on every mile driven (even those w/o fare :() in gas
    ~ $0.10 @ mile in repairs and maintenance
    taxi or limo insurance for legal operation ( $3.700-$5.500 a year)
    car payments of about $500-700 a month for over 4 years,( if you want to drive nice new car)
    and you are left with about $0.40 -$0.50 profit without any benefits or security and with high risks.
    eg. if you lose this crappy job, you wont get unemployment benefits and you still will be stuck with your car payments.
    WELCOME TO BANGLADESH "

    AHHH!!! I forgot to mention, " ALL THE TIPS ARE ALREADY INCLUDED IN ALL UBER TRANSACTIONS"

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  15. Thats what I don't like about UBER too, you have to pretend ti customer that tip is included on $1.50 a mile trip .......but you still go out of your way to get that 5 star rating, IMO this sucks big time.......
    So next time, dear customer, you request uber, dont't forget to tip the driver....cash only, please

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    1. Drive for Lyft, they allow tips

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    2. What i don't like about Lyft that you suppose invite stranger to sit next to you in the front and fist bump with them.
      Anybody who drove a cab knows, that you can not trust your fare 100% and you want to keep as much distance from them as possible, just in case they decide to grab steering wheel and make a U turn while you are driving 70 miles/ hr on the highway, or punch you on the face without reason

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    3. Uber just lowered rates in Tampa from $1.50 down to $1.20 / mile, making impossible for drivers to make any money

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  16. About UBER rating, who knows how Uber rating works? why Uber rating is not fully transparent?

    "My first few days as an Uber driver returned the expected result that all my passengers had rated me as a 5. I knew they would because why wouldn’t they? My car is almost brand new, very clean on the inside and out and I’m a very chill, nice guy. I also know well the area where I drive and I rarely take a bad route. I greet them cheerfully. I provide water in all the passenger seats. And I can talk or not talk to them depending on their mood. You have to assess the passenger’s mood. Some people very obviously do not want to talk when they get into your car and with those passengers I keep pretty quiet, other than the initial greetings....."

    please read more at

    http://uberdriverdiaries.com/what-happened-to-my-5-star-rating/

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    1. there is more to Uber rating, than just rating of service because social interaction between people are based in a lot of instances on people's perception of the world.
      eg. staunch redneck, has higher probability of giving negative feedback to uber driver who happened to be from India and speaks with heavy accent or guy who's girlfriend dumped him 10 minutes earlier, might have negative feelings towards female driver or former cab driver who lost his job because of uber can find it easy to give 3 star rating, if the uber driver doesn't know location of major landmark and has to use gps for direction..... etc.

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    2. There is more to Uber / cab driving than clean car, being polite and uber rating system

      "Below is a true happening in Singapore.

      "A taxi driver is going to be charged in court today for taking a female passenger on an impromptu date without her consent instead of taking her home.

      The 42 year old female passenger had caught a taxi in the wee hours of Monday morning from a nightclub.

      During the ride, the taxi driver in his 30s chatted to her the whole way and while driving down the CTE, he suggested that they go for a drink together, revealing that he had some alcohol in his cab......"

      please read more at

      http://cabby65.blogspot.com/2014/06/humor-quick-post-for-your-amusement.html

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  17. What is going to happen if my Uber rating goes below 4.5 ?

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    1. ".....William Anderson, a former Uber driver, notes here that once his rating went from a perfect 5 stars to 4.6, Uber shut down his phone without warning.
      At Sunday’s meeting, our news partner KING5 spoke with former Uber driver Yedidta Seifu, who expressed frustration with the company — especially given the money he’s invested to become a driver. ............"

      http://www.geekwire.com/2014/angry-uber-drivers-complain-company-say-treated-little-better-slaves/

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    2. "What is going to happen if my Uber rating goes below 4.5 ?"


      YOU FIRED !!!!

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  18. 'The new car service company Uber exposes the idiocy of American cities’ cab regulations.'

    One could be amazed, how misinformed people could imprint their twisted opinions on public with use of internet and press of "PUBLISH" button

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    1. "One could be amazed, how misinformed people could imprint their twisted opinions on public with use of internet and press of "PUBLISH" button"

      they are not misinformed, they are paid spammers and spin doctors

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    2. is uber illegal in tampa?

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  19. "Wow!!!, looks like everyone in Singapore is mulling to quit their salaried jobs to become taxi drivers, after reading a two full page reports in The Sunday Times on Oct 28, 2012 about two cabbies earning a lucrative income of $7,000. per month!. Who won't be tempted to have a $7,000/month job in cash, coupled with flexibility of working hours, four Sunday rest days, a luxurious car at no purchase/maintenance cost and no irritating boss breathing down your neck............."

    please read more at

    http://cabby65.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-millionaire-cabby-with-7000-per-month.html

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  20. "All the bars in the city had closed. It was 4am on a Monday morning. Only a few drunks and stragglers were on the streets. Even to get them was difficult as so few were left and many empty cabs were competing to nap them.

    I was wondering whether to head home or made a last cruise around Chinatown. Then, out of nowhere, a young Chinese couple stumbled in front of my cab at a traffic light. They hailed and I happily waved them to get in. I felt lucky to finally have passengers after half an hour of cruising around.

    The couple appeared inebriated and were wobbling and hugging each other in tight embrace like trying to help each other from falling over and laughing. And as soon as they landed themselves on to the back seat, they continued laughing and singing loudly like they were still in a karaoke pub. They smacked of alcohol. ........."

    >>>>read more at

    http://cabby65.blogspot.com/2014/07/ingenious-ploy-of-taxi-fare-cheats.html

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  21. What is taxi / uber / lyft vomit fee in st petersburg and Tampa ?

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    1. you must be a guy who puke in my 2013 Nissan Altima on 4th of July and was charged $250............

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  22. New Lyft and UBER ads hit the google word in Tampa Bay, here is some of them

    "uber.com - Apply To Drive With Uber‎
    Adwww.uber.com/Drivers‎
    4.7 rating for uber.com
    Use Your Car & Be Your Own Boss. Make Up To $50/hr In Fares."

    Looking To Drive A Taxi? - Make $25+/hr In Fares With Uber‎
    Adwww.uber.com/Apply-Now‎
    4.7 rating for uber.com
    Work Anytime. Fares Paid Weekly.

    Lyft Drivers Wanted - Make $70,000/Year As A Lyft Driver‎
    Adget.lyft.com/Driver‎
    4.7 rating for lyft.com
    Apply To Become a Driver Today!

    Taxi Driver Jobs‎
    get.lyft.com/Driver‎
    4.7 rating for lyft.com
    Drive Your Car Whenever You Want.
    Join Lyft and Make Up to $20/Hour!"

    these guys can not even decide what is the true earning for Uberx and Lyft driver in Tampa Bay, $20/ $25 / $50 or $70,000 a year.
    The true earning for Lyft and uber driver after expenses is less than $ 5/hr on weekly basis

    I guess, they must running out of suckers

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    1. common, don't tell me that Uber and Lyft are lying and all those drivers in San Francisco and NYC don't make $90,000 a year ?

      http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-drivers-salary-90000-2014-5

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    2. I took uberx this morning from downtown st pete to Ybor City and my CC was charged $33.80 including tip !!!! needless to say, I love it !!! but also I kind of wonder, how driver is going to make $20/30/35 an hour on trips like these,- it takes 1/2 hour to get from St Pete to Ybor City / 26 miles, what about cost of gas? car repairs? insurance?.......
      ......how long uber driver had to wait to get my call? or how far he had to drive to pick me up?

      these are simple math questions for future uber / lyft drivers who are getting brain washed into believing that someone makes $20/25/30 or $35 an hour driving their private cars

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    3. why should I care? I rather call uber or lyft and travel for half a price, than call taxi company and deal with retarded dispatchers and taxi drivers

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    4. 'these guys can not even decide what is the true earning for Uberx and Lyft driver in Tampa Bay, $20/ $25 / $50 or $70,000 a year.
      The true earning for Lyft and uber driver after expenses is less than $ 5/hr on weekly basis

      I guess, they must running out of suckers"


      don't worry, they are getting a lot of suckers, but wait, sooner or later those suckers will get organized into union or association .
      Officially they can not sue either uber or lyft, because every partner / driver had to sign the electronic paper to refrain from suing those companies, but they can always go on strike and make it PUBLIC with media coverage ....
      BTW
      where is my $25/hr - $35/hr?
      Lyft and uber driver from Largo, Fl

      read some more about uber and lyft scam at

      http://saint-petersburg-florida-taxi.blogspot.com/2014/03/marco-rubio-r-screw-florida-cab-drivers.html

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    5. I am a former cab driver and present uber driver
      after reading one of the uber ads "make $35/hr" I decided to sell my share in taxi company and start to drive for uber, just to find out later, that earnings for uber driver are even lower than for cab driver, because low rates $1.50 / mile, high commission %20, and "tips included in the fare" policy by uber.
      I think, article about deceptive advertising by uber and plight of uber drivers with their real life experience stories about driving for uber would be a great idea ..........

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  23. is uber legal in st. petersburg, fl ?

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    1. "Fight to put more Ashton Kutcher-backed Uber cars in Florida cities heads to Capitol
      By Dara Kam Thu, Apr 3, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

      An uber-fight has erupted in the Capitol involving Ashton Kutcher, black cars and carpetbaggers.
      The skirmish between San Francisco-based Uber Technologies --- the smart phone app that hooks up cars and riders --- and the Florida Taxicab Association is a classic turf battle with a stylish, high-tech twist.

      Uber basically wants to do away with minimum fares for limousine services, which range from $50 in Tampa Bay to $125 in Miami, and get rid of other local regulations like minimum wait times --- one hour in Miami --- and caps on limousine licenses that the company says hurt consumers.

      Uber brought its battle to the Capitol after being thwarted in Miami-Dade County and Hillsborough County, where local officials have refused to rewrite rules regulating taxis and limousines to make it easier --- and more lucrative --- for Uber to get “black cars” rolling. The only city in Florida where Uber is now operating is Jacksonville, which changed its regulations to accommodate the company last fall.

      Kevin Valsi, general manager of Uber in Jacksonville, said the company has had “tremendous week-over-week growth” in service requests and completed trips. He said the company doesn’t actually own any of the limousines it has on the road, but contracts with licensed professionals who meet Jacksonville standards."

      I would like to remind you, that uber operates in Florida illegally and breaks all the existing laws pertaining to public transportation

      read more at"

      http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-04-03/story/fight-put-more-ashton-kutcher-backed-uber-cars-florida-cities-heads

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    2. thats the result, when you let corporations get in the same bed with republicans
      a little guy always get fucked in the "name of lowering customer prices" ? :)
      ..........and local laws get TWISTED to accommodate CORPORATE GREED.......

      WELCOME TO FUCKING BANGLADESH

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    3. Uber was late with payments for drivers for previous week, WHAT NEXT?
      Is this company trust worthy? if they are slow with paying drivers?

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  24. is uber or lyft coming to Tallahassee ?

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  25. Uber Idiot according to Urban Dictionary

    "One who is exceptionally stupid or ignorant, a moron on a grand scale. Formed from the German word über as in Nietzsche's concept of the übermensch in Also sprach Zarathustra. Used recently conjoined with other adjectives, as in über cool, übersexy, and über moron."

    uber idiot, can be uber new driver who thinks, that he is going to make money with uber

    uber idiot can be also uber customer, who thinks that by pressing button on his "stupid" phone, system automatically knows where he is at without checking his own actual address.

    uber idiot can be uber customer wondering why there is a whole bunch of uber cars on the map, but there is none willing to pick him up.

    uber moron is a uberx customer who thinks that he deserves uber black car service, but pays only %50 of taxi cab fare with tip included

    uber super idiots are uber customers, who think about themself, they are some kind of Vanity Fair super models

    uber super morons are uber customers, who send uberx to pick up their drunk ass stranded friends

    uber moron is a uberx driver, who thinks about himself, that he something better than a cab driver

    ............................

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    1. here is another definition of uberidiot
      UBERIDIOT is a uber driver who is on standby at home for 3 hours, gets call 10 miles away, on which he will get paid $4.00 10 days later.........:)

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  26. "just wait until couple of hundred more suckers sign up with UBER and Lyft....
    ......then you'll start to understand what unregulated taxi market and oversupply of cabs mean.......LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGES FOR DRIVERS, POOR QUALITY SERVICE, ETC
    Eventually, market will start to regulate itself with "Supply and demand", but in meantime there will be a lot of suffering..."

    there is simple logic behind it, almost constant number of calls in the area divided by rising numbers of taxi, uber, lyft drivers and falling prices per mile. = LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGES FOR UBER, TAXI AND LYFT DRIVERS

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  27. IMO, right now, Uber advertises to hipsters and try to make the idea of taking uber look cool, but sooner or later, their corporate greed culture will make them advertise to poorer part of society, just to maximize profits and gain market share.
    Personally, I don't care if I drive for taxi company or Uber, as long as I make enough money to pay my bills,
    .........what pisses me off about this new technology thing, that neither Uber or Lyft tells their drivers that they operate illegally in Tampa Bay and are subject to heavy fines +criminal charges of violation of city ordinance.
    ......strangely enough, They don't have guide lines for their drivers, on how to operate legally in Tampa Bay, (get commercial insurance, get a city sticker, etc.), ........are they seeking controversy? more fines and criminal charges against their drivers? and free publicity ?

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  28. ".....strangely enough, They don't have guide lines for their drivers, on how to operate legally in Tampa Bay, (get commercial insurance, get a city sticker, etc.), ........are they seeking controversy? more fines and criminal charges against their drivers? and free publicity ?"

    good point, but who cares? Uber takes me to Tampa airport every week for half a price, tip included

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  29. ".........LOWERED PRICES = MORE DEMAND THAN EVER

    Uber's summer rider promotion is coming to an end, so to continue record growth on uberX, we’re decreasing uberX prices by roughly 20%. Cancellation fees will not change. The new rates, effective Thursday, August 28th at 5pm, are as follows:

    Base: $1.25
    Per mile: $1.20
    Per minute: $0.13
    Minimum trip: $4.00
    Cancellation fee: $5.00
    .................."
    read more at:

    http://saint-petersburg-florida-taxi.blogspot.com/2014/07/uber-rates-in-florida-as-of-july-2014.html

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  30. Honestly, I don't care for this kind of demand, if I have to drive people around for $1.20/mile before all the expenses .
    Fuck the uber, fuck the uber people and fuck the ride sharing
    I wont be even calling them as a customer, I rather be riding with LYFT, at least they honest and transparent

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  31. Why uber drivers refuse to take my call?

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  32. why uber driver don't take my call?

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  33. Interesting, why people don't like uber :

    "I just gave up on using UBER, because every time I try to use it, the app prompted me to share it on my facebook and google +
    is this legal?

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    AnonymousSeptember 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM
    Yeah, I know the feeling, its like going to supermarket where cashier tells you, you can not buy bread, unless you reveal all your friends.......:)
    these MF's at uber are crazy, I wish government would do something about it

    uber driver in orlando"

    read more at:

    http://saint-petersburg-florida-taxi.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-i-hate-about-uber-idiots.html

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  34. when Uber is coming to Ocala, FL? thx

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  35. Uber is about to be kicked out from Anchorage Alaska

    "The city of Anchorage on Friday filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court seeking an injunction requiring Uber, the digital car service, to stop operations just weeks after it began offering rides.

    Anchorage municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler’s office sent the San Francisco-based company two cease-and-desist letters in the weeks after Uber began operating there on Sept. 18, and one Uber driver was issued a fine. But the company didn’t respond to the letters, forcing the city to go to court.

    As in other cities that have taken Uber to court, hired transportation is strictly regulated, from the number of operator licenses available to the insurance and background checks required of the drivers themselves. In several cities, including in Anchorage, Uber has begun operating without waiting for the city to change its laws......."

    read more at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/10/06/anchorage-becomes-latest-city-to-challenge-uber/

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