Uber is in the news again.
It should come as no surprise that both Uber and Lyft are pushing back against NYC’s efforts to regulate app-based ride services.
The proposal before the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission would require car services to comply with the many rules that govern yellow cabs.
So why not simply comply?
Uber is a “tech company?”
For years Uber (and companies like them) have skirted regulations that all limousine and taxi companies must comply with by claiming to be a tech company. Sure, their app does connect people with “drivers,” and is a technology that every smartphone can use. But at the end of the day since Uber does govern the rates that drivers charge (and manages the payments that drivers receive for the rides they provide) they ARE a transportation, despite their claims to the contrary.
After all, since Uber doesn’t charge for their app, and it’s clear as day that their ONLY source of revenue is providing ride services to consumers.
Makes sense, right?
So despite some drivers protesting the proposal, it’s clear that regulating the industry is a public safety issue. After all, passenger safety should be the priority. And that means the cars used to transport people must comply with standards, as should the drivers. And the TLC is looking at a set of rules that would apply to app based car services with guidelines to focus on safety, accountability and transparency.
So how many riders might be affected?
According to the Eyewitness News article there are “440,000 yellow cab rides a day, compared to just 20,000 to 30,000 Uber rides.”
At the end of the day it’s time for all transportation service companies should be held to the same standards. And at Teddy’s our valued client’s safety is always job #1.
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