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Dara backs surcharge for 'hardship fund' to aid struggling New York City taxi owners

Tank_Driver

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5836045/Uber-CEO-backs-surcharge-aid-struggling-NYC-taxi-owners.html

The chief executive of Uber said New York City should impose a fee on app-hailed rides and taxis to help taxi medallion owners who are struggling with debt.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told the New York Post on Monday that the city should put the surcharge into a fund to help taxi owners who bought their medallions at sky-high prices.

He did not say how much the fee should be.

'In circumstances where medallion owner-operators are having a hard time, where technology has changed and demand patterns has changed their environment, we would support some kind of fee or pool to be formed, a hardship fund, call it,' Khosrowshahi said.

Because taxi drivers in New York City are required to own them, medallions were once extremely valuable and highly coveted because the demand for cabs was stable.

But in the years since Uber and similar companies disrupted the industry, a medallion's value has fallen from as much as $1million to $200,000.

Drivers working for Uber and other app-based companies don't need medallions, and many taxi owners who thought their medallions would continue to grow in value say they are now hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Advocates have blamed five apparent suicides of drivers since last November on the taxi industry's woes.

In the most recent case, yellow cab owner-driver Yu Mein Chow was found floating in the East River last month.

The city medical examiner has not determined a cause of death, but Chow's family members believe he jumped to his death.

A livery cab driver shot himself to death outside City Hall in February after writing a Facebook post blaming politicians for the taxi industry's decline.

Groups that represent drivers blasted Khosrowshahi's proposal.

'Dara Khosrowshahi's proposals are a slap in the face to struggling drivers and an attempt to get out of being regulated,' said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

The Independent Drivers Guild, which represents Uber drivers, said, Khosrowshahi 'needs to address the widespread hardship faced by drivers for his own company before considering taking another cut from our sub-minimum-wage pay.'
 

KekeLo

Well-Known Member
What's wrong with this guy.How about the Uber drivers Dara.

Right...

It's all just BS PR. Uber pays nothing because Uber's the passthrough for the fee from the riders to the state/city/fund.

How about a "gas hardship surcharge" from riders to drivers since gas has gone up over $1/gallon since I started?


NUFF FREAKING SAID:wink:

Socialism at its best


EXCEPT, they aren't going to help no damn body. :oopsies:

I don't even know what this thread is about as I am weepy .:p
 

Roadster4

Active Member
Having compassion and helping others is admirable and great.

If you receive over $200,000,000 to take the CEO position at Uber and you have been one of the 10 highest paid tech CEOs at $96,400,000 a year you should “personally” have tremendous ability to help others as well.

Most people that are behind the wheels at Uber want the company to be “Fair” to them but they do not see fairness specially as it relates to their earnings. #CheckYourFareDetails
 

yomomma

Well-Known Member
Another Sham-Wow salesman.

As a Silicon Valley snowflake, he should kick a couple of shekels to the NYC taxi drivers from his own pocket.


Nah.......I'll just let them suffer.
 

somedriverguy

Well-Known Member
Having compassion and helping others is admirable and great.

If you receive over $200,000,000 to take the CEO position at Uber and you have been one of the 10 highest paid tech CEOs at $96,400,000 a year you should “personally” have tremendous ability to help others as well.

Most people that are behind the wheels at Uber want the company to be “Fair” to them but they do not see fairness specially as it relates to their earnings. #CheckYourFareDetails
It is very generous of Dara to offer to reach in to our pockets to help out the people who got got scammed in the previous iteration of the transportaion service industry. Unless you think he's going to put some of his own money in there first?
 

Roadster4

Active Member
It is very generous of Dara to offer to reach in to our pockets to help out the people who got got scammed in the previous iteration of the transportaion service industry. Unless you think he's going to put some of his own money in there first?
I don’t know if he’s going to put his money first or not.

But we know his “outstanding ability to negotiate” when he “cares” about something like “his own compensation”. We also know how the majority of drivers feel about the gradual decrease of their earnings “specially over the past 10 months” while the cost of living has considerably increased. Many of, so called, Uber “Partners” are struggling to survive, like many Cab Drivers do. Many of the drivers agree that they are working a lot harder while they are making a lot less money although the cost of living and the cost to operate their, so called, business has considerably increased.

This is all happening while Uber has more riders than ever before and many of the riders are paying more, for the same type of the ride, than what they used to pay on the Rideshare Apps. Imagine how things could be if he truly cared about your earnings. Imagine if he cared about being “Fair”!
 

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