As a Cab Driver - I'd like to Personally Thank UBER and LYFT for ruining the transportation business on one hand, and helping (some) cab companies realize they need to clean cabs and be nicer. But, whoever reads this knows and must admit, especially if you drove rideshare for any amount of time, passengers can test your boundaries. I think most of you can agree NOW , FINALLY, why some cab drivers are ticked off alot. It's really hard and un-natural to change emotions during a taxi shift. I mean for example: you would get 2 really nice people, then the next ride a girl who hates her husband or boyfriend and is drunk ( 5 to 15 minutes of woe is me) then a stoner who is just chilling, then a drunk who can't remember their address, then a complainer, then a whatever... fare after fare, it really tests your patience and emotions. In the taxi world, we learn the same way uber and lyft drivers do, baptism by fire. And we are lied to about income, just like you are. Lyft basically is the company that started the low-fare drivers, without a TCP license, uber said if they do it, why can't we. So now the entire United States is based on 3rd world country income for drivers from cheap fares, little regulations, and to be honest, from my vantage point, I really don't think anybody cares in government. The Federal GOV who mandated in 1992, congressional Law states that nobody can privately drive for hire without an FBI Background check and drug screening. This, of course, went away without anybody really caring. The state of California stated cars are private until they are for hire, or make a profit, then they need commercial plates and insurance, that also went away without a care in the world. These were laws on the books.
So, if you really want to earn money, and think killing your car for pennies is the way to go, I have to remind you that is what makes the socialist idea of Uber and Lyft work. Its really not capitalistic at all, the peasants make few pennies, the CZAR's make the bucks. If you decide to quit, realize after a few months it's just not worth it, which many do, I am sure you can find yourself better employment. The 'revolving door' of uber and lyft drivers is at over 100,000 a month, many new, many quit. If you decide to get personals (people who you give biz cards too) and charge them flat rates, that is on the gray side, illegal side, but as stated before, who cares? If you get in an accident, your insurance would cover if they were your friends (which they are, right?)
This is actually bad advice, but many people do this, to make money. I mean you have to turn a socialist business into capitalism somehow right?
Good luck if you decided to stay in the cheesy transportation industry of America. And although UBER and LYFT are not considered transportation but technology - you are in the transportation business. Unfortunately you won't get Business People to take to Airports where the business pays for it, because they don't recognize UBER and LYFT as transportation, so they use Taxis, which is considered transportation (which is why u see taxi's in certain locations in a town, and you can't hang out there)
Do what you gotta do to make money, but remember, when the GOV decides to implement full regulations and turn UBER an LYFT into transportation companies, you will make more money on one hand, but will have to get commercial plates and insurance for your personal car because now its a "Car for Hire" - but fear not - because NOBODY CARES.