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    Re: Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    Well, like I said, the background policies for Uber don't seem much different than they are for most taxi companies here.
    They are here in Europe, which is why Uber is meeting headwinds. One of the sticky points is the lack of vetting of drivers.

    Uber's data is all in their system, because it has to be -- Uber functions entirely digitally. Not only that, but it's also on your phone, the driver's phone, your bank statement, and a million other places.

    Taxi companies here are still stuck in the 20th century technologically and can't even keep track of their calls, much less who went where, when.
    I dont disagree at all. The taxi companies should have implemented technology years ago.. it aint that hard to do. Hopefully this will force them to do so... but I would rather have the strict regulations plus tech, than another wild west system that will end in some sort of tragedy.

    I think it'd be faster to catch a murderous Uber driver than a murderous cabbie. The information is much more organized, redundant, and persistent.
    Rather not have a driver that was a criminal.. and with a taxi company I have a very good chance of not getting one... on Uber.. well I fear the worst.
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    Re: Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    They are here in Europe, which is why Uber is meeting headwinds. One of the sticky points is the lack of vetting of drivers.

    I dont disagree at all. The taxi companies should have implemented technology years ago.. it aint that hard to do. Hopefully this will force them to do so... but I would rather have the strict regulations plus tech, than another wild west system that will end in some sort of tragedy.

    Rather not have a driver that was a criminal.. and with a taxi company I have a very good chance of not getting one... on Uber.. well I fear the worst.
    Welp, dunno what the regs are like in the EU, but here, there's not much difference.

    The point in my saying that is that if someone wants to chop up bodies for fun, working for Uber offers them no more cover than they'd have at a taxi company, and most likely even less due to data redudancy and persistence. The incentive isn't there, basically.

    And besides that, Uber does filter out serious offenders anyway. Some offenders are allowed to participate, but the same is true of taxi companies here.

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    Re: Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services

    Quote Originally Posted by kramercat View Post
    They used to call these illegal ride sharing services 'jitney' cabs back in Chicago, where they would service areas where regular cab drivers were reluctant to venture into, so they served a valid purpose, albeit an illegal one. Uber on the other hand, is designed to profit off of the younger I-phone generation, and serves no purpose other than to sidestep the regulations enforced by the cab companies, and which will one day lead to 'killer' cab rides, or maybe just 'rapist'... compliments of Uber.

    "Cabdrivers say the new services have an unfair advantage because, in most cases, they are allowed to operate free of the rules, regulations and licensing requirements of traditional taxis."

    Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services - The Washington Post
    Seriously, **** those guys. True story: in Los Angeles we have a train that sort of goes to all the major parts of the city, but it stops just half a mile shy of LAX, the city's major international airport. Can you guess why? I'll give you a hint: it's because of the taxi companies.

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    Re: Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services

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    Yeah, that green line you see not going anywhere near the concourse is the train.

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    Re: Cab companies unite against Uber and other ride-share services

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    I dont disagree with you. Taxi companies should have had apps with GPS finding systems years ago.. it aint hard. Living in a place that taxi´s and delivery companies have a hard time finding despite being on the main road.. a system where I can on Google Maps point out.. go here, would be a god send and it would save companies tons of money in wasted time for their cars.

    My problem with Uber and similar services is the lack of control of the drivers and service.. for all I know I could be getting into a car with an ax murderer where as I would never venture that thought with a regular taxi.
    So what's wrong with an ax-murder? He'll get you there much faster, albeit perhaps in 2 different pieces.

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