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Uber has its London licence sensationally stripped by TfL in shock move
Uber is to be sensationally stripped of its licence to operate in London in a huge blow to the ride-hailing firm.
The dramatic announcement today by Transport for London chiefs will dismay 3.5 million Londoners who have come to rely on cheaper rides.
The decision also raises questions over the future of 40,000 minicab drivers who ply a trade with Uber in the capital.
Mayor Sadiq Khan, who heads up TfL, said after the shock ruling that “companies must play by the rules”.
Uber said its users and drivers would be “astounded” by TfL’s decision and accused the transport body and the Mayor of “caving in” to a small number of critics.
The firm confirmed it would “immediately” challenge the decision in the courts.
However the technology giant’s expulsion by TfL will delight opponents, including the black cab trade, who have criticised its safety record.
Others have raised concerns over...
Ok I am interested in hearing your replies, for real. I am sure you get asked constantly, "So how do you like driving for U/L?" For some unknown reason, pax think we are killing it and rolling in the dough. I had a pax tell me that one driver said he makes $3500 a week. My reply was, not in this market he doesn't maybe $3500/mo. She looked confused with that answer.
My reply is typically the same every time. I reply back "It's a pretty good part time gig. Can't really make a living doing this. It works out to be about $10-$12/hr when it's all said and done. But I meet some great people, get out of the house and make a little extra to help with my kids college education (plug for a tip)"
I drive a Lexus, so I get a lot of, well this is a nice car for $10/hr. I reply, I had this car before I started to drive U/L. Started doing it between jobs now it's just extra income for tuition (second plug for tip).
Who is the knucklehead lying to pax about how much we make?
Please keep this civil and mind the rules.
I've been at it for a little over a month now (Uber+Lyft) and aside from the single pax or two each night that wants to keep drinking their alcohol in my back seat, I've only had a couple of really bad trips. What i seem to get more often than anything else is overt and blunt racism from my passengers. I would say like ~5% of the people that get in my car and up saying or doing something racist that makes me wish i didn't pick them up. I'm not the type of ethnicity that historically receives a lot of direct racism, perhaps that's why some pax may find it appropriate talk that way to me. However I don't tolerate it at all, especially in a Pool/Line ride.
Now i don't want to delve deep into the concept of hate speach in ride-shareing that is way more complex and personal then i mean to get with this post. Also there are plenty of other discussions on here that have a lot said on the subject.
Instead, How do you handle pax being, saying,...
I'm just starting my night and I get a ping from a restaurant a few minutes away from where I live. As I'm turning into the parking lot I see a couple standing there looking at their phone.
***My name has been changed due to privacy.
Pax 1 (guy): Lorraine, we need to talk.
Me: What do you mean?
Pax1: You have some guys seriously creeping up on you.
Pax2 (girl): While we were waiting on you, we read some of your comments that people left you.
Pax1: But first I just have to ask where are you from?
Me: Is it my accent?
Pax1: Yeah, it sounds...
Me: Eastern European?
Pax1: Yes it does! Well, there you go this is why guys be creeping up on your comments. Do you not read them?
Me: Oh, haha. Yes, I do read them most of the times. Are they really that bad?
Pax1: Is it okay if I read them to you?
Me: Hmm, sure.
Pax1: (Starts reading some of these comments in a creepy voice tone)
Pax2: Wow babe that sounds really creepy!
Me: Omfg Haha, it sure does but when you say them the way you do...
I was talking with a pax recently and the issue of drug testing came up. When I explained to them that Uber does not deem it necessary to drug test it's drivers and asked how it makes them feel, they were a bit apprehensive. If I were a pax, it would make me uncomfortable, not knowing if the person entrusted to drive me around is capable of passing a drug test. You have to pass one just to work at Walmart. Why should Uber be any different?
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set to end in 6 months, we’re offering help to members of our driving community affected by this policy change. If you’re a DACA recipient, Uber stands with you. Here’s the support that we’re pledging to you and your loved ones:
- We’re committing $500,000 to fund legal support and assistance to DACA recipients, with a focus on cities where Dreamers need the most help.
- We’ll be hosting town halls at Greenlight Hubs in areas of the country where many Dreamers live. Immigration lawyers will be on site to answer questions. You’re welcome to bring anyone you care about who’s been affected by this policy change. Learn more and RSVP...
- We’re committing $500,000 to fund legal support and assistance to DACA recipients, with a focus on cities where Dreamers need the most help.
Ride-hailing giants have said for years that their services will start to kill car ownership by giving urban dwellers a cheaper and more efficient way of getting around.
A recent study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Columbia University supports that notion.
Uber and Lyft left Austin, Texas in May 2016 after servicing the city since 2014. The ridehailing giants called it quits after voters upheld strict regulations on the companies, like issuing fingerprint-based background checks.
Uber and Lyft returned in May after lawmakers passed a bill overriding the strict regulations.
The departure offered a unique window of opportunity for researchers to investigate how people changed their habits after growing accustomed to ride-hailing services.
I am in a spot where I, regretfully, have to sell some of my badges. It has taken me a year of collecting and hard work (at 10 hours per week average driving) to accumulate a fairly remarkable collection of badges.
I will let them go for $1 each or five for $4.
This is an opportunity for the driver to really show off their 'professional' skills, or 'expert navigation', or prove once and for all that you are a 'great conversationalist'. All of these badges are virtually unused, in mint uncirculated condition, and can be displayed on a resume - or tombstone.
Free shipping and handling.
BUT WAIT ... if you act NOW, we will include a free (refurbished and slightly used) professional grade barf bag.
Act now. Operators are waiting.
Lyft Is Now Live Across 40 Entire States - Everywhere
Yep, you read that right. Whether you’re visiting family, friends, on a business trip or shopping trip, you can now get a Lyft ride anywhere in the states below:
Lyft just gobbled up 40 entire states abandoning the metro area only model and catching Uber apparently off guard.
This happened one weekend I was out driving. I picked up a guy around 2:25am, he was standing by a late night fast food place. He looks about 18-22 years of age. I pull up next to him and gets in. Our eyes met, I smiled and said "How is it going? How was your night?" He smiled back and says, "It's been a long night so thank for picking up, you look like you'd like to play." I said, "Excuse me?"
Pax: Oh, sorry I meant to say you look like you like to play video games.
Me: Haha, sometimes but I'm more of a casual gamer.
Pax: Well, I got this great game at home I just bought. I haven't even opened it yet. Would you like to play it with me? I have many others too we can play together. What kind of games do you like?
Me: Sorry, I have to decline your offer...but I like RPG's, scary games, and some FPS.
Pax: Do you like Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo?
Me: I used to play Halo a long time ago, it was a fun game.
Pax: So come play some games with me. I'm a nice guy, you don't have to...
Dara Khosrowshahi Will Be Uber's New CEO
Aug 27, 2017 by Laura Berman
Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc.'s new CEO reportedly will be Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of online travel company Expedia Inc. (EXPE) .
Recode's Kara Swisher and The New York Times' Mike Isaac both tweeted Sunday that Khosrowshahi, Expedia's CEO since 2005, will take the helm. Investors at the start-up, which is now worth nearly $70 billion, ousted co-founder Travis Kalanick after a series of PR nightmares this year.
Khosrowshahi, a former investment banker, was previously an executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) and serves on the board of The New York Times Co. (NYT) .
I was on an UberX ride with 4 pax. I pulled over to curb to discharge the passengers.
Before I could say anything (I usually say that it's clear to open the door or ask the pax to leave on the curbside) the pax in the rear driver's side opened the door right into another car that either came out from behind me or was was in motion. Boom. Hit the door, bent it forward to the point that it won't close. I definitely need a new door, maybe two (front door also took some damage and it looks like the chassis was bent).
The vehicle that hit me took off.
App was still on, active and I was still technically on a ride at the time, since I make it a point to not end a ride until all pax are safely out of the car.
Now what? How &%$@!*ed am I?
I have the name and number of the pax who opened the door. College student or recent grad/frat bro, as all four pax were regaling me with tales of their frat. I picked them up in a wealthy neighborhood and they seem to be in a rich kid frat. Do...
Narcan In The Backseat? Lyft And Uber Drivers Could Help Fight The Drug Epidemic With One Simple Toohttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lyft-uber-narcan-naloxone-overdose_us_59970b52e4b033e0fbdec36b
Narcan In The Backseat? Lyft And Uber Drivers Could Help Fight The Drug Epidemic With One Simple Tool
Most drivers aren’t prepared for this situation, but they’re in a unique position to save a life.
Huffington Post 08/18/2017
The people who are most likely to be affected by heroin are aged 18-25. That’s the same group that tends to use Uber and Lyft to get around, especially on weekends. The petition says, “Although many people choose to call an Uber or Lyft after a long night of partying, the rides can also become ambulances for people who are intoxicated to the point of incapacitation or death. Instead of being the designated driver, the driver might end up with a sick or...
Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO
The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end.
First reported by Kara Swisher, our sources are also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several weeks ago.
Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was asked to resign in June, following the completion of an investigation into the...
( I don't know why my phone stops recording noise after 3 seconds. The sound effects continues to play all night)
I grew up in a small rural town in southern Minnesota and one of the funnest parts of my life was going on hayrides as a kid.
I keep thinking about how much people in the Twin Cities would probably enjoy this experience who possibly have never even been on a hayride before!
I originally planned to do this in autumn, but I have been getting impatient, and I have located a place I can get hay from already.
To protect my back seats of my car I plan to cover them with plastic or a tarp.
I spent a lot of time thinking about what the soundtrack should be also. At first I was trying to think of a kind of country type of music, but then I realized that would make it so it's nothing like a real hayride. So then I started considering downloading sound effects of chirping crickets and nighttime sounds. Again, I realize this would not be...
Long story short, Driver saw pax entered a $10 tip but never received it, Instead Uber rewarded itself with a $12.45 booking fee. I am glad the fella fought and got his money back from the greedy company. Actually greedy is an understatement, More like criminals.
And you hear all those stories about "pax promised to tip me through app but never did", Maybe they actually tipped, But Uber stole your tip just like others mentioned.
Ever wonder why there were those rides where pax paid $10, You got $4, And somehow on top of $2.1 booking fee Uber gets another $4 “service fee"? 2 out of that 4 could have been your tip.
Uber is experimenting with giving a key decision-making power to drivers, making good on its “be your own boss” tagline.
The ride-hailing company is testing a “drop-off area filter” that lets drivers choose where they go. “We will only send you trips that have a drop-off location within the areas you have selected,” reads a message introducing the feature, which was shared by drivers in multiple online forums. “The more areas you select, the more trips you’ll likely get. And you can update your preference at any time.”
Uber confirmed to Quartz that it is conducting a “small” test of the drop-off area filter. A spokesman declined to specify where the feature is being tested but said the drop-off zones drivers can opt into are large swaths of a city rather...
Disclaimer: I drive Uber in Chicago
1: San Francisco
2: New York City
4: Los Angeles
From what I have seen and read on here, it appears as if San Francisco and New York City are far and away the two best markets, in terms of earnings potential. For example, I have read stories of people driving for 100+ miles to work San Francisco. I will give San Francisco the nod here, because the city is very compact, and there are a lot of high tech types out there.
New York would be a close second. I am sure that Manhattan is [on] 24-7. The problem here would be the deadhead tolls on all of those crossings between the buroughs and New Jersey. Also, I am not sure what type of red tape that drivers would have to go through to work Uber between New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Really, the only problem, is that these two cities are wildly expensive. The cost of living, taxes, and housing costs in SF and NY are outrageous. Uber drivers out there could be banking...
I finally know what it is like being a beautiful well endowed woman, because yesterday everyone was staring at my chest!
Yes, from my title you already know that my long awaited Uber T-Shirt has finally arrived. I've been trying to get one for well over a month now! At least it was well worth the wait.
My enthusiasm for Uber has been really down since they've deactivated Fuber in Their Faces, and this has helped bring some of that passion back.
I made a few minor changes to the shirt and then I headed off to my gym. I immediately got lots of looks at the gym. The girl working at the desk told me "I like your shirt. I use Uber all the time!"
During my entire time in the gym, I could see people looking at me. When I was on the stair machine, there was this one guy that would NOT stop looking at me! I'm suspicious that he'll might be a taxi driver or something. He kept looking at me like...I'm not sure, curious? angry? intimidated? Afterwards, I went into the sauna, and he was...
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