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And hundreds of clueless suckers have already signed up to be Uber's guinea pigs.

Hopefully Uber does a better job of paying your fines than they are doing in Miami.

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It is beyond strange and unbelievable that any TNC would even balk on the fingerprinting issue, much less make it a deal breaker or something to fight in court, especially given all the rape and crime accusations coming their way.

Why don't they just deduct the minimal charge from the driver sign up bonus, or just pay the thing? The "onerous for drivers" argument should be laughed out of court. Completely unfathomable.

It seems that they prefer the reputation of being law breakers rather than legit enterprises.

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The cost for fingerprinting in Houston is $45, and the driver pays it.

Uber says St. Louis was the largest metropolitan area in the country not to allow UberX, an app-based ride-hailing service in which drivers use their own cars to ferry passengers.

How I would word the description of UberX.
. . . where drivers, who are independent contractors using their own cars, utilize Uber's app-based
ride-hailing technology to taxi passengers. . .

Uber states it is just a technology company, and their drivers are independent contractors. Leave Uber out of the discussion. Anyone who operates a vehicle-for-hire shall be fingerprinted. TNCs are no different than taxis.

If a driver is stopped for good reason w/o pax and the UBER trade dress is displayed, wouldn't the officer be able to cite the driver for driving w/o the required commercial liability insurance? With pax I understand the officer could cite for operating as a taxi w/o a permit.

I believe part of the issue is that unless Uber is involved there is no good way for the city to collect any taxes. In Houston it's 2%. It gets added on the top and taken off just like the SRF. It would be impossible for the city to collect it from the broke ass drivers at the end of the year (most wouldn't even know about it and might not be driving anymore or even live here).

Since everything is done through the app if the city wants a cut they have to involve Uber.

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F-uber said:
Why don't they just deduct the minimal charge from the driver sign up bonus, or just pay the thing?
1.Uber does not want to admit its background checks are missing people who should not transport people.
2. Uber believes that because a person uses his own car to transport people for money, he should not be subject to the same rules a taxi is. (A driver who uses his own car as a taxi is called an owner/operator.)
3. Fingerprinting, so says Uber, lowers the number of people who want to drive.
4. Uber prides itself in being able to keep the names of its drivers confidential and keeping local entities in the dark about how many drivers it currently has in a certain area. Fingerprinting would allow St Louis to know how many drivers are on the road using the Uber app as well as their names.

RE: Payment
The driver could incur the cost upfront ($45) just like we do in Houston.

It seems there is no way to block Uber from turning on the app before the results of the fingerprinting are complete.
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