The ride hailing company Uber and its rival Lyft plans to shut down their operations in San Antonio after the city council passed an ordinance to regulate background checks for all the transportation drivers in the city.
More demanding regulations about registration, traffic, inspection and insurance policy have been activated on March 1 and the Mayor Ivy Taylor requested the city council to revisit the those hard rules in late February.
Uber says that the city has too many restrictions to operate in the city. This new ordinance acts as a burden for the drivers of ride hailing companies and they lost interest to operate in the city.
According to the ordinance drivers of transportation network companies need to undergo fingerprint and background check as administered by the city. This check is mandatory for all the drivers operating in San Antonio.
San Antonio passed this ordinance for the safety of their own passengers providing them with well fitted drivers, hired after having severe security checks. Uber says that the background check made by the company is enough for their drivers to operate in the city.
Uber claims that the intense regulations were pushed by the taxi industry to stifle competition. Lyft have an idea to abandon its operation, if the city is to take this ordinance into effect and both the companies are looking for a change in the ordinance before its date of implementation.
The city has not promised to review the ordinance before its implementation, but the council will review the change according to a report.
Uber is the most used transport network service in many countries across the globe and Travis must be making millions of dollars right now! Uber is also known for its controversies, but nevertheless, the company does many feel good campaigns to restore its lost fame. It poses a biggest threat to its rival Lyft and many other traditional “yellow cabs”. Recently, the company has taken an initiative to expand its service in the famous NYC in order to boost up its market revenue. However, the critics say there is no enough space left for Uber to further extend its service.
The transport company worth $51 billion is now all set to extend its service in the NYC. It has begun by introducing 10,000 Uber drivers in the city and the local taxi drivers are already feeling the heat. 10,000 is a freaking huge number and it is definitely going to put a lot of traditional taxi drivers at risk. According to several sources, sharing economy has risen up to fame and it would affect the labor economy in an extensive way. Many freelancers would emerge from different countries and people would eventually turn into their own CEOs.
The NYC is the largest market for Uber and it is now working on plans to expand its service in the city. We would soon bid goodbye to all the traditional yellow cabs in the NYC. Do not yet come to conclusion because Uber is also good at making national news (mostly for bad things!) and there are chances for an epic fail as well, you may never know!
The philippines is the first country to create a framework of nation wide regulations for the ride hailing companies, that allow Uber to operate anywhere in the nation.
According to the regulation the vehicles which Uber use for rides should be GPS enabled sedans, SUV’S, vans and vehicles which should be less than seven years old.
All Uber drivers should get registered with the transportation authority of Philippines. This move comes a year after its operation in the nation’s capital region, Metro Manila and the company’s operation in the city for a few months without any regulations.
The new rules are a victory for Uber who is still facing regulatory resistance in various parts of the world. These technological innovations is to provide convenient ad safety rides to passengers.
Some of the specifics of the regulations are not finalized, but all the cars that operate under this service should have a GPS system and the vehicles should be less than 7 years old.
Operators are required to get certificates for each vehicle on the service and the drivers will be hired by screening process and have to be registered with the local transportation regulatory board.
Uber has also introduced new regulations to improve its security after experiencing violations from its drivers.
Uber is still facing challenges unique to the Philippines as its routing algorithm for Manila is worst due to traffic and Uber operates in the country in a same way like a condo rental service.
Uber has always been famous for its controversies ever since it was first launched and now, Travis is more famous than Barack Obama, just kidding! But honestly speaking, the US based company has become the world’s most valuable startup by beating Facebook’s record, poor Mark Zuckerberg must be breaking his head to figure out a plan now!
Recently, the NYC government was keen on shutting down Uber’s famous surge pricing feature. But the company was completely against the government’s plan and has even stated that the feature would benefit both the company and the drivers as well. When the demand is more than supply, Uber implements surge pricing by notifying it in its smart app. The notification is big, bright and eye popping and we have to applaud the company for being so transparent with its users. The feature would also help the drivers to get paid with higher fares and it is a great way of roping in many drivers on road.
Surge pricing is not only famous with Uber, but there are hotels and flight services that follow the same concept as well. The prices become alarmingly high during holiday seasons and it is one of the best strategies to increase the market revenue. Earlier in 2015, the Uber drivers from the New York City had to protest for not getting paid with decent fares and surge pricing was a life savior for many unhappy Uber drivers out there.
At the end of the day, the choice is left with the riders whether or not to take Uber rides during surge pricing, do not forget you have other public transports as well, just saying! Uber has done its part by notifying its users of surge pricing and we should definitely applaud it for that!
What comes to your mind if you hear the word Italy? Scrumptious pizzas, pastas and beautiful monuments may come to your mind, but not anymore because you would be reminded of Uber! The Italian government is now against the US based ride hailing company due to safety reasons.
Uber offers a lot of features to its users and the list includes UberPop, UberPool and many other useful ones. UberPop is a private car sharing service that offers rides for cheaper fares but the drivers do not own commercial licenses which in turn would put safety at risk.
Uber has been doing well in Europe and there was always a red carpet welcome from the Italians, but not anymore! The company is slowly falling apart in the Italian market and it is all because of UberPop. It is an alternate name for UberX and the feature offers cheaper fare rides to its users. According to several critics, Uber is just another black market that is looting money off innocent people.
Uber has been heavily criticized for its UberPop service in many countries. It’s Italy’s turn now to take down Uber and its great news for its local rivals. The US based company poses a dangerous threat to the labor economy and the traditional yellow cabs despite its controversies. The sources say many controversies are due to the private car drivers who do not possess commercial licenses. The Italian government is on a serious vow to permanently ban the service!