No! That charge is specific to Seattle. The Seattle TNC ordinance mandates it to provide wheelchair accessible transportation, which was being provided by cab companies at their own expense before the TNCs.http://www.reddit.com/r/uberdrivers/comments/2fxmft/the_safe_rides_fee_in_seattle_is_120_rather_than/
It's coming to your town too
My point is that total fare increasesNo! That charge is specific to Seattle. The Seattle TNC ordinance mandates it to provide wheelchair accessible transportation, which was being provided by cab companies at their own expense before the TNCs.
The $0.20 charge is paid by the rider. It does show up in the fare total v at the end of the ride, just like the SRF.
So the Minimum Fare as far as a driver is concerned is $3.00
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This is not for Ride-sharing drivers to provide the wheelchair accessible service. It's for city to pay for this service by other paratransit vendors..20 to deal with a wheelchair hassle? Loading/unloading it. Waiting for pax to get in and out of the car etc...
What if you drive a car that can't store a chair in the trunk or inside?
Uber just gets better and better.
Uber doesn't get this $0.20, the city is Seattle gets it. I don't think you drive in Seattle. This is for the city to pay v for Paratransit, meaning wheelchair accessible vans.Ok so we don't get jack extra to transport wheelchair people but Uber does.
I've asked this before and ask it again now: How would you know a pax is in a wheelchair when you get a ping? And if you show up and see them in a chair and you can't store it do you just cancel? Kind of shitty I know but Uber is not giving us the info in advance.
Yup same here in Chicago. I'm SF 1/3 of the accessible taxi fleet is sitting idle because the drivers have left for TNCs. This $0.20 surcharge was a proactive approach by Seattle to pay for accessible transportation because they saw it coming.Orlando Yellow cab has wheelchair vans with ramp . You load them up and strap in the wheelchair
Thanks, yea I have always had a Lincoln town car trunk to put them in and those are so big you could probably get them in unfolded!!With most wheelchairs you don't even have to snap off the wheels. You just fold em, and they fit just snugly in the trunk, IF you orient/position them correctly. You just snap off the foot rests. I can't remember the last time I had to take the wheels off, but it's easy to do. The pax will give all the instructions you need to get it done.
I don't know about states requiring it, but cities certainly will go back and have a look at this. And I think SF prolly be the first one...SFMTA is having a hard look at the impact of TNCs...even though Mayor Lee is a booster.I am sure Uber is happy to pay it (or pass along the cost to the consumer) as it means they won't be responsible for putting any accessible vehicle on the road. What I am waiting for is which state is not going to let them off the hook by allowing them to pay for someone else to do it rather require them to put a certain percentage of Accessible vehicle on the road themselves.
But Mike, Uber Access is not accessible vehicles . As far as I could tell it is cursory driver training on interacting with the handicapped. Nice name to make it seem like Uber is doing something but until they sink $20K into a modified vehicle to carry a wheelchair they are not providing accessible services. That is what they are trying to avoid.Uber is rolling out UberAccess. I'm guessing any city that puts out a reg requiring equal access for the disabled (like Houston, for example) will get this.