Here we go again!This is a good read, especially for those involved in the advocacy push.
Good article. Amazes me City of Austin just rolled over for Uber. Uber did not have the same luck in Dallas & Austin.This is a good read, especially for those involved in the advocacy push.
Their is the innovation word Uber likes to throw around.Here we go again!
Update: Debbee Hancock, who handles communications with Uber Technologies, responded: "In only one year, Uber has made it easy for Austinites to ditch their keys when drinking by providing millions of safe ride and empowering more than ten thousand drivers to earn $27 million… Cities and states across the nation have followed Austin's progressive lead to embrace responsible regulations that support innovation. At a time when ridesharing is driving Austin forward, we're surprised that ATD would consider taking this giant leap backwards."
LOL! YES! Thank you for pointing that out. As usual, Uber execs are full of shit with their PR-laden sound bites, but even when trying to look good they expose the truth: they've rigged it so that there's nothing for us (drivers) in this game.Ten Thousand drivers? And $27 Million? By the way, as overrated as those numbers must be, that is still only $2700 per driver lol.
I will get flamed for this, but here it goes.What scares me about the article is talk about registering with the city (translation: get a permit)... I do think the city ought to press alll TNCs harder about data. Really, as part of the allowance the demand for the same data taxi companies provide should have been made to the TNCs.
Sounds a lot like how UBER is treating it's drivers.Before trade unions robber barons preyed upon the working class. There were no laws in place regarding child labor, overtime pay or a minimum wage. Workers were sometimes literally worked to death, and another desperate soul stepped in to tale their place. They made pennies per day, and the robber barons, these great captains of industry, became rich beyond belief.
Why does it scare you to get a permit? That is one regulation our company, and every one I know of fully supports. I support it as a business person, in general. I think the test needs to be modified, not really sure there should be a TEST, but maybe just to cover parking, trolling, zoned areas, street closure notification sites, etc.What scares me about the article is talk about registering with the city (translation: get a permit)... I do think the city ought to press alll TNCs harder about data. Really, as part of the allowance the demand for the same data taxi companies provide should have been made to the TNCs.
This battle is not over. The bloom dropped from this rose quite some time ago, but some of the biggest champions lost their seats and newcomers are struggling to learn just what was handed to them. There are a lot of valid, and actionable complaints coming in, and ATX Mobility commission has little choice but to deal with them."In some cases, Derr added, TNCs have agreed to requirements in other cities that are more stringent than the ones they agreed to in Austin. "There were several things that the Council was told that they couldn't do that apparently other places were doing," he said. "We feel that we should be up there. If they're doing it other places, why not do it here?" - See more at: http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2015/08/city-staff-asks-uber-lyft-accountability/#.dpuf
When other cities didn't back down, Uber found a way to comply...
I believe permits should be EASY to obtain, but in cases where public safety is clearly a factor, should be obtained nonetheless. It is imperative that a city this size has a thriving, RELIABLE transportation infrastructure. When the city tries to attract conventions, etc...transportation is a very important factor. The city does need to have a general idea what the move rate is, max capacity estimates, etc. Permitted operators are able to share that information in the interest of planning. It is also useful for emergency management. Whether you are driving a bus, a limo, a sedan, SUV, taxi, or peddling a cab, you are in this public transportation pool. The public may scream for UberIceCream when gimmicks are introduced, but just wait until there is a major event, or catastrophe, or an unthinkable incident with an Uber vehicle. They turn to the CITY immediately for solutions.I will get flamed for this, but here it goes.
Why would a permit be an issue?
Regulation when dealing with the general public, helps limit lawsuits, promotes public safety, and keeps the playing field level so that all businesses big and small have equal footing to ply their trade.
Before trade unions robber barons preyed upon the working class. There were no laws in place regarding child labor, overtime pay or a minimum wage. Workers were sometimes literally worked to death, and another desperate soul stepped in to tale their place. They made pennies per day, and the robber barons, these great captains of industry, became rich beyond belief.
Deregulation of the securities industry led to the 2008 recession, wiped out the retirement savings of tens of thousands of people, and plummeted real estate value in some areas by as much as 60-70%. This after strong regulation and oversight led the United States to be the premier economy from the 1940's to the 1980's
Lack of oversight in a market economy leads to exploitation of the most vulnerable. Uber wants everyone to believe that they are operating in a free market and that their rates are reflective of that market. Nothing could be further from the truth. They use the heat maps to attempt to manipulate driver concentration in various parts of the city, they undercut rates, which they shouldn't be setting in the first place if they aren't a transportation company, and they attempt to lie and bully their way into not having to comply with local regulations. They have pushed their way into a previously pretty closed market, but it's time to either put on the big boy pants and act like adults, or risk being spanked by local authorities, state governments and federal law repeatedly.
If you pay to play (and that is going to happen) you will be glad you have it. Actually, those stickers provide a little bargaining power. You will truly be able to say "you work for me" when you approach city staff. Now, of course, I wish I could say that was worth more than UbetStock (haha!), but it will legitimize you. and, when the next knock off car service comes to town to displace you without paying any local fees, imagine the bargaining power when you tell the city "fix this, or we will all pull our stickers off our vehicles" . Granted, we get a lot of talk of such threats among the black car operators, but they are fairly meek, conservative, well behaved chumps in most cases, and chicken out when push comes to shove. In the case of Uber drivers, there will be many many more voices to reckon with.Some of those suggestions are actually beneficial to the drivers. I am all for safety and fairness. I don't see anything in the proposals that alarm me. I don't like having all those "stickers" and "permits" all over my car, but I guess I could adapt.
Thanks for posting that,