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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Taxis should stop complaining about ridesharing

New red paint to destinate Taxi and Bus lane
Why do taxi drivers and companies continue to fight ridesharing? It is believed that ridesharing drivers are influencing the taxi industry, stealing money without holding the proper licenses and insurance coverage. However, ridesharing users prefer rideshare app platforms that accommodate their on-demand transportation needs. They choose to request a Lyft, Side and/or UberX vehicle. Ridesharing is meant to supplement demand for passengers who request quick rides. Taxis should stop complaining about ridesharing.

Taxi drivers oppose ridesharing. Their argument against ridesharing is that private drivers are improperly licensed and insured to give rides. Even so, taxi drivers claim that ridesharing services impact their income. What business is ridesharing stealing from taxis? Is it the passengers these taxis refuse to pick up or drop off in the Sunset and outer Richmond districts? Please show ridesharing companies how much money you're really losing.

Taxi drivers have an advantage over ridesharing drivers. They can drive in red lanes designated for buses and taxis. Furthermore, taxi drivers can pick up passengers who hail them on street corners and/or in front of restaurants and anywhere else. Ridesharing drivers are restricted because they must prioritize their ride requests through a rideshare app and can't accept cash fares. All rides are based on cashless transactions such as PayPal and credit cards. Taxi drivers can make turns at stop lights permitting taxis and buses. Ridesharing vehicles are restricted from driving in certain lanes and making turns. If ridesharing drivers make taxi only turns and/or drive in taxi lanes, they will get cited.

Taxi drivers complain that ridesharing drivers are stealing their business. Nevertheless, these taxi drivers claim their dedication to support the transportation services motivate them to enforce change. Ridesharing is spreading like a wildfire. UberX and Lyft lead the ridesharing charge. SideCar is a distant third from the top two competitors.

If you want to know the real truth about ridesharing drivers, just ask any real rideshare driver. Ridesharing drivers ruins their cars giving rides; their maintenance costs far outweigh the fares earned while ridesharing. The cost of gas, unless you drive a Hybrid vehicle, prevent ridesharing drivers from maximizing ridesharing. Ridesharing drivers who run out of gas money will be unable to give rides. Citations may be issued to ridesharing drivers more often than taxi drivers.

Stop complaining taxi drivers. Rideshare drivers have to assume the cost of performing ridesharing services. They can't use ridesharing as a valid form of income verification to purchase a new car, finance a home and or get a loan. Ridesharing is not a job. You can't get rich ridesharing unless you invest a hundred hours per week and use fuel efficient cars.

Over time, personal vehicles depreciate and thus require recurring maintenance and repairs. Gas is the largest expense, where any ridesharing driver may use 25-50% of their weekly earnings to fill-up their tanks. Taxi drivers have a far better deal than ridesharing drivers.