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I've been an uber/lyft driver from the summer of 2015, after several fare cuts, saturation of too many drivers, and terrible customer support, I decided to start driving a taxi for a privately owned taxi company here in Johnson county. My first week, leased a 7 year old black town car and relied upon the company's "dispatch system" which was text and voice calls to get requests. My mentor, whom has been in the taxi business for about 10 years, has been honest and helpful with guiding me into this profession.

I went to the KCI Police department and got my airport credentials, took about an hour, finger printed and photo for background check with the TSA. They gave me a handout that explains the procedure I would be using and gave me a print out of regulations to follow. I went to regulated industries and filled out the paper work for a "livery" permit as the company is considered a livery not taxi. I was coached and mentored in how to deal with the "dispatch" system, how to approach the desk clerks at the different hotels and how to quickly figure fares, as we don't have meters in the car. First day I made well over the weekly lease amount and was very encouraged, the passengers have been about like I experienced with uber and lyft, EXCEPT, I get tipped on almost every ride. About half the rides are cash, the rest are CC which I accept using the Square point of sale system. Fare structure is pretty close what we see posted on the sides of the standard yellow cabs running around town. This next week I will be introduced to some other "dispatch" systems being used by private cabs here in KC, these are subscriber based and unless you are leasing a vehicle from their company, you have to pay to play.

My fuel costs went up, as this towncar doesn't get as good mileage as my other vehicle, (2016 subaru outback) but I should have the monies to pay my commercial insurance in full for six months in about a month. The skills learned in finding addresses, calling the passenger to verify pickup location, being personable and knowing when the rider wants to talk and when they don't are all the same with this service as they were with uber/lyft. I'm enjoying the work, and look forward to improving my business skills. Yes, it's more work, as I have to finish getting all the permits and inspections done to get my own taxi, but the lease option is sustainable and fare to both me and the owner.

Because of the very competitive nature of the taxi/limo business, I won't be reveling any names or companies out of respect for those who have reached out to me and offered to help me learn how to be a successful taxi/limo driver. To all my friends up at lot c, thank you for the last couple of years, may you prosper and be blessed. And to Shelly B @ 909 walnut, no your dog is not welcome in my car... lol
 

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I just dropped off an airport client at home, this was the last ride of my second week driving a licensed livery vehicle in Kansas City. I cleared a little over $700 net. this is minus the lease payment, fuel costs and some trips to office max for a nice business notebook and to keep my ride log in. I work mostly days, making myself available from 7am to around noon, then again from 2pm till 8pm, about half that time is spent sitting at home waiting for the dispatch system to match me up with a rider. I was able to book several rides on my own, previous riders calling back to book another ride, I always give them back to dispatch, as they may have a driver available thats closer, this had led the dispatchers giving me more rides and "rewarding" me with some very generous repeat clients that tip well. I had a "charter" ride that pays $60 an hour, drove a couple around town to different locations for two hours, waiting for them at each stop. Even picked up a couple from the sprint center, the taxi stand fellow saw my Johnson county taxi permits on the windows and told me to stay in line, and he would get me a fare to Johnson county.

Saw another former Uber XL / Select suv driver this week in the limo lot, I was walking with my hat on, he recognized me and called out, we had a great chat. It's nice to know that there is life after fuber, one with some $ for the driver.

There is plenty of people needing rides, the question is not how much, but who. Cheapness feeds on itself, price your service based on how you value it, don't be a slave. #DeleteUber
 

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oh, we don't discriminate for disabilities, only for being nasty ass wipes with an attitude, lol. and next time shelly b needs a ride, why don't you go pick her up, 7am, 909 walnut, put a towel down for the doggie.
 

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Well, heres my position after 4 weeks of driving private cab in Johnson County, After cab lease, fuel, food, car washes and airport fees ( $3 per pickup) I've netted $2600...
I drove 6 days a week, and averaged 8 hours a day. Ive secured 4 new corp accounts for the dispatch system and met some very nice and generous riders. The towncar now has new brakes, battery, alignment, and a good used set of tires. at $2 a mile fare rate my average fare was $19 and average tip $5. Many of my riders have used uber, but told me not any more. My average airport run with tip was $60. Fuber can keep all the cheap riders, there are plenty of decent riders out there that don't mind paying $2 a mile. I have even picked up some handicap riders with wheel chairs, they always tip equal to fare. The best ride so far was a charter, @ $70 an hour, $210 with a $50 tip.

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