Taxis sow traffic chaos in Europe protesting against Uber car app

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rishqo wrote:

Welcome to real, competitive, entrepreneurial capitalism, you id..tic taxi drivers…

Jun 11, 2014 11:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yashmak wrote:

Yeah. . don’t think the taxi drivers will be getting much sympathy on this one.

Jun 11, 2014 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:

“It’s no surprise they’re taking business away from the cab drivers … but it’s adapt or die,” At least this is market driven to give consumers a choice, as opposed to a government regulation to help/hurt one industry or another.

Jun 11, 2014 4:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ficheye wrote:

It’s interesting to read the comments about ‘uneducated’ taxi drivers and limousine services. Taxi companies and limo companies are required by state law to have around 1 million dollars worth of insurance. UBER does NOT comply with these regulations, creating a double standard that has yet to be resolved. Airports are made more congested by Uber drivers driving around the area in search of fares at times. As for the competition issue, there are DROVES of services that have been competing with each other for ages. Plenty of competition, believe me. They say it’s cheaper. What that means is that the drivers make less as well but the company gets a consistent cut of the business. Drivers with multiple tickets and DUI’s are driving for UBER.

Now you’re educated.

Jun 11, 2014 6:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ficheye wrote:

It’s interesting to read the comments about ‘uneducated’ taxi drivers and limousine services. Taxi companies and limo companies are required by state law to have around 1 million dollars worth of insurance. UBER does NOT comply with these regulations, creating a double standard that has yet to be resolved. Airports are made more congested by Uber drivers driving around the area in search of fares at times. As for the competition issue, there are DROVES of services that have been competing with each other for ages. Plenty of competition, believe me. They say it’s cheaper. What that means is that the drivers make less as well but the company gets a consistent cut of the business. Drivers with multiple tickets and DUI’s are driving for UBER.

Now you’re educated.

Jun 11, 2014 6:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MacMan wrote:

@ficheye:

What a load of BS!

Uber does comply with insurance regulations (they would be out of business by now, if they did not). Uber drivers are cheaper, faster, and generally provide better service in my experience, because each driver gets rated by users.

I would take Uber over a black cab any time. I was in an accident in one of those recently, caused by a staunch UKIP-er driver who kept winging about politic, while tailing every vehicle ahead of him, until finally a van stopped short. Then he claimed that it was the van’s fault!

So no, thank you. Uber all the way for me.

Jun 11, 2014 8:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DellStator wrote:

I see by the comments everyone hates taxi drivers. Did you hate them last time you got drunk and they got you home? Did you hate them all the times they got you to the interview? Etc..
Transportation in all it’s for is infrastructure.
Infrastructure is the life blood of industry, economics, business, and livability.
Infrastructure MUST BE TOTALLY RELIABLE, meaning, it’s not going to be the rock bottom price point.
It is our gov’ts primary job to provide safe, stable, reliable infrastructure, or ensure private suppliers are doing so.
99% of taxi regulations are to safeguard the public, from vehicle problems and criminal actions of car services, drivers, etc..
Regulating a limited number for fixed companies is relatively easy and inexpensive for governments.
Is Uber going to pay as needed for every gov’t to vet every vehicle / driver every year? No, Uber is instead offering discounts for their virtually unregulated service to undercut and destroy traditional car services. Rest assured, then, their business model will have them hiking fees to drivers and other providers, which will result in the same costs as now. With of course longer waits, crappy drivers and cars, etc, as there won’t be any alternative.
That is corporate greed, you know it is, you know the auto, energy, tel com, elec, etc etc industries have all done this, Uber will too.
Unless Uber is held to the SAME safety, vehicle and criminal, standards as traditional car services, the politicians who are sworn to protect us, are selling us down the road for a quick buck, just as Uber CEO’s, investment bankers floating the company, etc are.

Jun 11, 2014 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MacMan wrote:

@DellStator:

Do you own one or more cabs? Because why would you spew such FUD otherwise?

Jun 12, 2014 3:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Montpessat wrote:

Getting the cheapest service isn’t necessarily the best thing. Taxi drivers in the UK need to eat and so do their families. If cheap fare prices leave the taxi driver in the red at the end of the day, what good is that? If the cheap fares that Uber causes do not cover the living and operating costs of the taxi driver then what Uber is doing is tantamount to sabotage of the industry. It’s the politicians who should stop inventing new taxes and fees to lower the operating expenses of the taxi driver so he can compete.

Another example: There is an ongoing railway strike in Sweden because the company operating there wants to fire over 200 people and rehire them with a new part-time contract for a much lower salary. This company (Veola) was chosen by politicians because they chose the company that could do it cheapest during bidding some years back. This kind of bidding rounds can only be won by dishonest companies who submit a bid that would surely leave it in the red resulting in the above slave-labor practices. You don’t need a brain to know that the cheapest bids are based on fraudulent budgets just to get the contract. The result of politicians choosing the cheapest company is now a ghastly chaos for customers.

Another example: Norwegian Airlines selling the cheapest airline fares in the market even as their operating results are in the red (not black). This is the equivalent of sabotaging the whole airline industry. They don’t even want to be a member of IATA. Can you believe this? Again, the consumer will suffer from this.

Cheapest isn’t necessarily the best.

Jun 12, 2014 5:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kennethdotsey wrote:

i hoipe uber has good job opening good pay benefits healthcare and all that good stuff especially if they are so profitable

Jun 12, 2014 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Razor512 wrote:

I am not sure how expensive the cab service is in the UK, but here in the US, the cab drivers(especially in NY), had a similar protest. the problem is that over here, uber is more expensive. If a new business comes around and is taking enough customers away for them to even consider protesting, then it means that their service sucks. Both services will get you from point A to point B, but there are many people who will pay extra for it to not suck while getting there. With many of the more traditional monopoly services, you have the yellow cabs who you can flag down, and if you are vigilant, they will find ways to run that meter much higher. Other than that, you will get some other cab service that you can call, but they are often unreliable. The problem with these companies is that they are used to a business model of “the customer will take whatever crap we give them, or they can take the bus”

Services like uber which shift more personal accountability to the driver, so far, seem to provide better service Which some people are willing to extra pay for.

Jun 12, 2014 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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