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I think the blue cards are your responsibility. If you have to have the same requirements to get one you need a chauffeur licence, copy of your driving record and a RI BCI, although I'm not sure how the last will work since Uber does their own background checks. It's costs a total of $50 for all of these things and takes about a day to get everything and down to the PUC for the free blue card. Application for chauffeurs license and copy of drivers record can be printed out from RI DMV website...
 

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Yes that's what the permits to the PUC are all about, blue cards. Google Uber Rhode Island news and you will see. The link that I put up there didn't mention blue cards by name but many of the other news postings did
 

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How much you want to bet they pass the cost on to their partners? And I believe it is $15,000 for 100 cars on the road as that was proposed to be the maximum allowed. Anything over is $150 per car. Actually this was a compromise as the State wanted even more....
 

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You better hope Uber wasn't stupid enough to agree to some sort of rate cap with the state. Everybody *****es about the rates that taxis charge, but these rates are set by the state. And what many people don't know is the rate increase that went into effect in 2014 was the first rate increase for taxis IN TWELVE YEARS! How many people would be willing to go without some sort of pay raise for 12 years? And taxi companies will never decrease their rates or ask for a decrease to become competitive with Uber and Lyft because it's not cost effective. I'm not sure how you guys actually make money after gas, tolld and maintenance, but many taxi companies barely hold on with the set rates as they are now...
 

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Actually I don't do much taxiing around myself. I work for the largest cab company in the state and we have a lot of bells. If you're up you go get the fare unless somebody else is closer and everyone's location is monitored by GPS/computer. Also certain taxis are not licensed to pick up in certain towns while other taxis are, which also determines who gets a certain call. I myself sit at taxi stands and wait for people to walk up to me or my dispatcher to give me something. People have this misunderstanding that taxis are driving around all day looking for people. That's not necessarily the case. You sit outside a taxi stand, Hotel, bus terminal, airport, train station and you get plenty of work on your own not to mention what you get dispatched to. Plus we have many reservations which add to the work...
 

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Yes the company I work for you to sign a lease to work for them. Some companies make their drivers illegally rent the cab for say like $40 a day, when you're only supposed to pay a percentage of the meter or miles. My company pays the 40% cut of the meter which doesn't sound like a lot but you get a $1.30 for each extra person over 2, the first two are free plus you get to keep all your tips. I average about 200 a day in the summer which means I have to put at least 500 on the meter. When it's slower I make maybe about 100-150 a day. This is extremely good for Rhode Island cab driver. Many of the drivers here ***** about 60% cut the owner gets. They don't seem to realize I understand with his 60% he has to pay the payroll staff, the IT guy he has on staff to take care of any computer issues and GPS issues, dispatchers, the cabs, the registration, the insurance, and the two full-time mechanics he keeps on staff. He has to reinvest that if he wants to continue to do business and many of the cabs are running 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I make my own hours there we get a lot of airports from Newport to Providence and many people catching the train in South Kingstown and the ferry from Narragansett as well as pick up those places. I have a several repeat customers that do long trips because I pass out my business card and once I find out why they were in town I can try to set up a return trip or ask him to call me the night before to set anything up they want. We really are independent contractors here that the cab company at work yet because we can make our own hours, find our own fares and solicit and maintain our own customers and pass out on business cards with our personal numbers on them
 

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Did you drive for Yellow Cab in Providence? I know they're based out of Cranston or something. Driving in Providence way too cut throat. Too many cab companies not enough jobs. And they have some of the worst cab drivers ever. I worked with them I know this for a fact. I even consider driving for Uber but too many things were negative in my eyes. Even when I came to this company the manager told me about how much you could put on the meter a day, telling me that many of the drivers average $600 to $800 on the meter a day with a 40% split. I thought he was exaggerating haven driven in Providence and 200 on the meter today was an excellent day. But what he told me was absolutely true and they actually run things by the book legally with proper forms and everything. They know of my pain condition and let me go home early if I want to but I also can come in anytime that I'm not working and drive if a cab is available which it usually is given the company has 36. We also have to pay for my own gas and a dollar for any tolls over the Newport Bridge but only one we have somebody in the car with the meter on can you turn it down when you cross the bridge. Some cop owns Yellow Cab now I don't know if he was the I know when you work there but I know all the yellow cab drivers ***** about him
 

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$130 a day???!!! I hope you made at least that amount in your pocket! The cabbies in Providence that are illegally leasing by the day usually pay $40 a day for a 12 hour shift. Problem with that is sometimes after these drivers pay for gas they may only have $30 for themselves and they still owe $10 to the boss. This happens often as the summer is very slow in Providence as the students are away and there a just way too many cabs with not enough work. If I had the time and strength I could talk for hours about the nonsense I had to deal with from the companies I worked for in Providence and the cut throat nature of my fellow cabbies, including the ones in my own company....
 

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Jeeze no wonder you dislike driving cab. You were getting screwed and what they were doing was probably illegal. This is why taxis get a bad name. In the past couple years since I went back to driving taxi I worked for three companies. The first two screwed me royally, but this company I'm with now is the best driving job I ever had but it took awhile to find it. There are good driving jobs out there with flexibility and decent money but unfortunately that is not always the case and you really have to look around. While I looked in the driving over and I didn't want to because I was a little leery, I also used to tell my fellow cab drivers at their attitudes, the condition of the cabs, and the treatment of the passengers made Uber a necessary evil. People want choices and hopefully if nothing else maybe Uber being in Rhode Island will help shape up some of the other cab companies to do the right thing. Pretty doubtful but there's no reason why we can't all work out here, whether for Uber, taxi company, livery service or any such job you get along since we all have the same common goal
 
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