Monday, August 18, 2014

Ride-Share Consumers Mistaking Regular Commuters for Uber Drivers

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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This Yellow Cab employee stands outside of the city council chambers last week before a hearing on ride-sharing services.

The vehicle-for-hire industry keeps warning San Antonio’s policy makers that any number of bad things could occur if ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber are allowed to operate in the Alamo City.

Among concerns discussed during last week’s Public Safety Committee meeting: criminals picking up riders, unsafe cars, no commercial insurance, alcohol and drugs, and no Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Here's a story about some of the crazier arguments presented during the meeting.

But perhaps they are looking at the wrong criticism to highlight while lobbying the Public Safety Committee and other policy makers to give ride-sharing companies the red light.

According to Valleywag, a Gawker Media blog about California’s Silicon Valley, strangers are getting into people’s cars after assuming that those people are Uber or Lyft drivers. Head over to Valleywag to read the complete collection of what-the-hell-are-you-doing tweets written by people who don’t work for Lyft or Uber.

As for the vehicle-for-hire industry having a new argument, the task force created by the Public Safety Committee that features ride-share representatives, vehicle-for-hire representatives and other stakeholders will be back at the drawing board for the next few months. The committee will revisit proposed changes to Chapter 33 of the city code, which regulates the vehicle-for-hire industry, in November after the task force concludes its work.

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