Is Uber an essential service?

In a city with good public transit is Uber an essential service?

  • Yes Uber is essential for passengers

    Votes: 42 49.4%
  • No Uber is a luxury and convenience that passengers can do without

    Votes: 43 50.6%

  • Total voters
    85

waldowainthrop

Well-Known Member
It depends on the passenger and the trip, but obviously the answer is “yes” for some trips.

- Someone who works in a hospital and has a broken down car.
- Someone who works at a grocery store or food production facility and has a sick relative who normally drives them to work.
- Someone who works at a prison and can’t afford a car.

There is no reason to shut down rideshare for all rides. To end rideshare would have a net negative result for people who have no other good options for transit (even if it’s a temporary reason for needing that ride at that time).

Good public transit isn’t a solution for certain trips and can actually create worse conditions for spreading the illness (in a higher risk area, which correlates pretty strongly with places with good transit options). If I worked in a hospital and lived on a bus route, I’d take any form of private transit over the bus, especially my own car but even someone else’s.
 

Bonmot

Well-Known Member
There is a typo in the guidelines.
They said rideshare workers are "Essential Workers".
They meant to say, "Expendable Workers".
In terms of job security and our own health, we are expendable, not essential.

We are one of the parts in a car not covered by the warranty.
 

Karen Stein

Well-Known Member
Mass transit will never be able to provide the access, flexibility, or efficiency of an individual car.

Private cars can go anywhere, anytime and carry more goods than mass transit.

What's the mass transit answer to this Beer Bug crisis? Run busses on reduced schedules and allow fewer passengers. That is, prevent folks from travelling. Private cars = freedom.

Moreover, Uber drivers have the flexibility to switch from transporting people to making deliveries. Uber Eats drivers ought to be making record earnings right now.

"Mass Transit" is an outmoded attempt to manage people was if they were cattle.
 

everydayimubering

Active Member
"Mass Transit" is an outmoded attempt to manage people was if they were cattle.
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Actually, not. Mass Transit is the way to reduce mass pollution in large urban areas by preventing or discouraging the use of more cars on the roads. And people who wish to avoid buses during the current pandemic can always get a cab - which were always there before Uber arrived on the scene. So Uber is just another option but it cannot be considered as "essential".It's like electric or hybrid vehicles just offer another option to people who drive cars - nothing more.
 

RideshareDog

Well-Known Member
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It depends on the passenger and the trip, but obviously the answer is “yes” for some trips.

- Someone who works in a hospital and has a broken down car.
- Someone who works at a grocery store or food production facility and has a sick relative who normally drives them to work.
- Someone who works at a prison and can’t afford a car.

There is no reason to shut down rideshare for all rides. To end rideshare would have a net negative result for people who have no other good options for transit (even if it’s a temporary reason for needing that ride at that time).

Good public transit isn’t a solution for certain trips and can actually create worse conditions for spreading the illness (in a higher risk area, which correlates pretty strongly with places with good transit options). If I worked in a hospital and lived on a bus route, I’d take any form of private transit over the bus, especially my own car but even someone else’s.
You would very likely infect your driver who is less then 6 feet from you or the driver who is still driving even though they are told not to will infect you
Mass transit will never be able to provide the access, flexibility, or efficiency of an individual car.

Private cars can go anywhere, anytime and carry more goods than mass transit.

What's the mass transit answer to this Beer Bug crisis? Run busses on reduced schedules and allow fewer passengers. That is, prevent folks from travelling. Private cars = freedom.

Moreover, Uber drivers have the flexibility to switch from transporting people to making deliveries. Uber Eats drivers ought to be making record earnings right now.

"Mass Transit" is an outmoded attempt to manage people was if they were cattle.
Sure cabs and mass transit are out dated But they are there making Uber unnecessary. If the Uber app shut down let's say for a system glitch there is an alternatives which makes this a luxury not a necessity.
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I've carried any number of health care workers and other essential employees during the past two weeks. If that doesn't make me essential then I don't know what would.
It doesn't that person could have easily ordered a cab. They ordered you cuz its cheaper and more convenient. Those two things don't make you essential to cities. It makes you a luxury
 

waldowainthrop

Well-Known Member
You would very likely infect your driver who is less then 6 feet from you or the driver who is still driving even though they are told not to will infect you
So no one should go anywhere then?

I’m glad the hospitals, food shops, and food producers (among others) are all still running. There is no question that some of those people won’t get to their jobs without rideshare. Some have alternatives, but obviously some do not. Those people didn’t have alternatives before this crisis and they don’t now.

The way you phrase it, you are talking in absolutes, you know what I mean? If any significant population finds rideshare essential, it is essential. The world has not stopped. Some people on the front lines, whether transportation workers or hospital staff, will get sick.

Why are taxi cabs different? The only significant difference is how the service is ordered and regulated. Sometimes the price for rideshare is even cheaper. Either way, the service has the same societal function. A to B private transportation.
 

TemptingFate

Well-Known Member
Uber is specifically listed in the
Designations of Essential Businesses - National Governors Association
https://www.nga.org

xvi.) Transportation: Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, and other private, public and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for all categories of "Essential Operations" as defined in this order.
 
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