Uber is a people- conveyance network that launched in 2012. The network was built to compete against the monopoly of cab companies. It succeeded in edging them almost completely out of the market by being a cheaper and stress-free alternative.
Uber operates flexibly as a virtual company, with all of its drivers subcontracted. To be an Uber employee, drivers only need their personal cars which they can use to provide taxi-like services. Calling for an Uber is simply done by using the mobile app as opposed to chanced waving down of passersby taxis (which may be occupied). And Uber cars provide a cooler personal driver appearance than the flashy yellow cars of various taxi companies.
The Uber network meets the regulatory system in many countries except notably in Italy and Spain. If Uber is so good and effective, what controversies could possibly be surrounding the premium conveyance network? Here are a few many controversies:
- The Eternal War Waged By Taxi Cab Drivers: The changed brought about by Uber was so sudden that taxi-drivers found themselves facing mass unemployment crisis. The war against Uber still goes on today. In every major city, there is likely to be a protest against Uber by these cab companies. Not only are taxi drivers bereaved by Uber activities, other individuals are also aggrieved by the network. This may be due to Uber’s surging prices, the network’s insufficient safety ethics, little insurance and lack of any background check for its drivers. The list goes on…
- Uber undercuts Taxi fares: Because Uber is more flexible than the taxi system; it has way lesser operating cuts and can afford to slash taxi fees. Uber is cheaper than most taxi services. The undercut taxi driver fees are very threatening to taxi drivers, you can tell by their protests. What’s more, Uber doesn’t support tipping unlike the taxi system, whose drivers live on it. Customers may feel less pressured to tip when riding an Uber.
- Uber Slashes Fee for Driver Registration: As a taxi driver, you pay exorbitant fees to become a driver and while on the job. Anyone can be an Uber driver as long as they fulfil the requirements: 21 years of age, clean driving record and criminal record, own a car less than 10 years. Fee for registration: maximum $50. Drivers who have invested tons of money into their taxi business aren’t happy.
- Uber has Inadequate Background and Safety Screening: Uber does too little background checks on its drivers. Many taxi companies use fingerprint scans to facilitate background checks. Uber does not. In fact, Uber drivers don’t even go through interviews which make the whole system quite unsafe. The potential to subcontract the Uber driving gig to malicious drivers is high.
- Uber’s Prices are Surging: Uber has been accused many times of subtle and even astronomical price surges. The network particularly increases prices of fares at times of natural disasters. Remember Hurricane Sandy in 2012? Uber milked the crisis by raising their fees to incentivise drivers to ride out into the storm. Not many customers were happy about that. Apparently though, Uber patronisers are well aware of price surges before they call up an Uber driver.
- Uber has too little Insurance: Two questions can be asked about Uber’s insurance. First, will the Uber driver’s insurance policy bail him out of a car crash ‘with a passenger in it’? Secondly, Will Uber insurance cover a driver’s needs when their personal insurance fails them? The answers are inconclusive so far. There are still many doubts as to how Uber security works.
Want to Cancel Uber?
If the controversies affiliated with Uber are enough for you to want to cancel, it’s actually easy. Simply delete your Uber account. The deed is done. No questions will be asked.
Is Uber a Bad Choice?
In my opinion: no. Uber is a fantastic business idea and it is a wonder no one thought of it before 2012. Although it has a somewhat shady and improper management, the merits are still plenty. It serves as the better alternative to the rigid taxi system. It’s true that Uber exploits its patronisers with surging prices, and is edging out its competitors with unethical marketing tactics; the idea of private rides and subcontracted drivers is a real gem. Uber, for the foreseeable future, still remains to be beaten as a ride sharing company. It may be here for a while.