Uber is a smartphone-based car service that has the taxi and transportation business up in arms. It has entered the city of Charlottesville market and many of my fellow taxi drivers are concerned about being displaced in the coming weeks, months or year?
My main concern is that just about anyone can easily become an Uber driver. As Uber says, “Pick them up, get going, get paid, It’s that simple.” Well, it isn’t that simple for taxi drivers. One example is you do not have to carry commercial insurance to be a Uber driver like I do. Another is my taxi business has to go through a special process and pay to receive a taxi license and permit in the State of Virginia to be recognized as a lawful and legitimate taxi and transportation business where Uber drivers don’t. Now you can see in part why taxi drivers are displeased.
In the December 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, it points out that Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder and CEO “has found no shortage of foes. He has directed barbs–in speeches and videos, and on Twitter–especially fervently toward the taxi industry, but also toward city and local regulators across the country.” Read on about the history of Uber and more of the story of Uber’s controversy here.
Tell me what you think. It makes for a very interesting conversation. I would be glad to hear your comments.
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