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'Ride sharing - no safer than hitch-hiking'.

I think this advert qualifies as 'overreach'. Major overreach.

I swear, I could come up with a better campaign than that.
There are many valid arguments these groups could raise,
but they choose THIS angle? They just look out of touch.

Anyway, it's often the hitcher who is dodgy.

Just ask C. Thomas Howell! :p
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'Ride sharing - no safer than hitch-hiking'.

I think this advert qualifies as 'overreach'. Major overreach.

I swear, I could come up with a better campaign than that.
There are many valid arguments these groups could raise,
but they choose THIS angle? They just look out of touch.

Anyway, it's often the hitcher who is dodgy.

Just ask C. Thomas Howell! :p
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Dare you to make a comment on the article, I did:

Thank you at last for this well researched unbiased point of reference for #sharedrivers . Interested to know about the relative safety of the share driver compared to a taxi driver, but for lack of evidence, I think you say in the article that Uber does not collect the data on passenger assault? Betting the same goes for assaults on the drivers. I'm not currently driving for Uber but when I did, I removed my personal valuables such as engagement ring, wore nothing lose around my neck like scarf tie or necklace, did not carry my handbag but I got a new smaller wallet for driving that I could secure on my person. They don't teach you that at induction.
 

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From the article:
" illegal ridesharing drivers are not required by law to:

  • Undergo criminal background checks
  • Driver history checks
  • Medical checks to a national standard
  • Immigration checks
  • National based training and competency standards
  • Independent knowledge and English language testing
Where I live in the US I need a permit from the big city to be able to pickup there or at the airports. This
included:
  • Fingerprinting for an FBI check
  • Obtaining & providing said city with a copy of my driving record.
  • A Department of Transportation physical including a drug test.
In return I have a sticker on my windshield w/the city seal on it signifying I have under gone a thorough background check. Unfortunately UBER tells drivers a permit is not needed to pickup in the suburbs.

If UBER made it policy in my area for a driver to obtain the city permit before the account was activated, it might cut back on the # of drivers driving for Uber, esp the X drivers. The cost of obtaining reports & the physical was 200USD for me.

  • BTW, the permit on my windshield was into 9 pieces after placement on my windshield so that I cannot transfer it t to a different vehicle.
JM2¢W
 
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