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The safety of Arvada taxi cab services versus ridesharing services like “Uber” seem to be a trending controversy. Incidents of assaults from ridesharing drivers seem to be all too frighteningly common. While law enforcement agencies do not track specific data as to whether an assault occurred in a car or house, rather the geographic location, headlines seem to paint a picture of the increasing frequency of these attacks occurring involving rideshare drivers.

The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association has produced a 10-minute documentary film on how ridesharing services deceive the public at large as well as key political figures and elected officials. While the TLPA has everything to gain by disparaging the competition, it’s definitely worth a watch to decide for yourself. Arvada taxi Service welcomes you to try us out and see how great we are…

At the forefront of this controversy would be the process of background checks. Uber has background checks that are online and only go back seven years. Taxicab drivers for companies like Lakewood, Colorado Taxi Service, actually have their fingerprints taken. Their checks are deeper and more extensive than Uber also. While this is undoubtedly helpful, it doesn’t protect a passenger from the one who hasn’t been caught and isn’t in the system. No background check is perfect. Current Uber drivers have spoken anonymously of the background check, stating that it “wasn’t much of one at all.”

Many report that Uber started out as a good thing. But, in their quest for rapid growth and market share, they have lowered their standards when hiring drivers. Customer service has fallen by the wayside and the once enthusiastic drivers are now not showing up or answering their phones. Uber takes the first dollar of every fare as well as 25% of each fare. Maybe those initial drivers lost some of their enthusiasm from a financial standpoint.

Also hotly debated are issues of taxes, fees, regulations and licensing. Cab drivers pay exorbitant amounts for their medallion (license). Only a certain amount is available in every city and this tends to artificially inflate the prices. Medallions recently went for $360,000 at auction. Taxi drivers carry city-mandated insurance, pay city taxes and taxi affiliations. Taxi drivers must undergo city drug screenings and rigorous vehicle inspections. The city also sets the maximum meter rate. Rideshare companies deal with a fraction of these issues by comparison, while essentially providing the same service.

No one should be surprised at the lawsuits, tension and hostility between the two transportation segments. What the answer is, I have no idea other than to level the playing field. It’ easy to see the disparity here. Taxi services like in Lakewood, Colorado cannot compete with odds like this.

The safety of taxi cab services versus ridesharing services like “Uber” seem to be a trending controversy. Incidents of assaults from ridesharing drivers seem to be all too frighteningly common. While law enforcement agencies do not track specific data as to whether an assault occurred in a car or house, rather the geographic location, headlines seem to paint a picture of the increasing frequency of these attacks occurring involving rideshare drivers.

The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association has produced a 10-minute documentary film on how ridesharing services deceive the public at large as well as key political figures and elected officials. While the TLPA has everything to gain by disparaging the competition, it’s definitely worth a watch to decide for yourself.

At the forefront of this controversy would be the process of background checks. Uber has background checks that are online and only go back seven years. Taxicab drivers for companies like Lakewood, Colorado Taxi Service, actually have their fingerprints taken. Their checks are deeper and more extensive than Uber also. While this is undoubtedly helpful, it doesn’t protect a passenger from the one who hasn’t been caught and isn’t in the system. No background check is perfect. Current Uber drivers have spoken anonymously of the background check, stating that it “wasn’t much of one at all.”

 

Many report that Uber started out as a good thing. But, in their quest for rapid growth and market share, they have lowered their standards when hiring drivers. Customer service has fallen by the wayside and the once enthusiastic drivers are now not showing up or answering their phones. Uber takes the first dollar of every fare as well as 25% of each fare. Maybe those initial drivers lost some of their enthusiasm from a financial standpoint.

Also hotly debated are issues of taxes, fees, regulations and licensing. Cab drivers pay exorbitant amounts for their medallion (license). Only a certain amount is available in every city and this tends to artificially inflate the prices. Medallions recently went for $360,000 at auction. Taxi drivers carry city-mandated insurance, pay city taxes and taxi affiliations. Taxi drivers must undergo city drug screenings and rigorous vehicle inspections. The city also sets the maximum meter rate. Rideshare companies deal with a fraction of these issues by comparison, while essentially providing the same service.

No one should be surprised at the lawsuits, tension and hostility between the two transportation segments. What the answer is, I have no idea other than to level the playing field. It’ easy to see the disparity here. Taxi services like in Lakewood, Colorado cannot compete with odds like this.

 

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