Uber taxi has become very popular for travelers both domestically and in foreign countries. To most, it seems highly unregulated and I don’t think anyone really knows just have regulated it is, or does not. Basically it just seems like anyone can call and go through a quick filtering process, and then get a license to be a taxi and start shuttling people around. It is a very new concept that people are still trying to figure out.
In one sense it is good for travelers because it creates new competition which will keep taxi rates low. Anyone, it seems, can get a license and start driving people around just like a taxicab, provided you do not have anything major on your driving record. This does seem quite unregulated and not normal for most governments and how they generally conduct business.
We all know that taxicabs are very regulated and must constantly report in to dispatch. This reporting in to dispatch its travelers a comfort that the taxicab is being watched and being regulated by a home base. The home base, or dispatch, knows exactly where the taxicab is at all times and exactly who it is picking up and where the pickup point is. This provides accountability and lets the traveler know that there is someone monitoring that taxi’s every move.
This does not seem to be the case with Uber taxi. It seems like a very independent venture where the only connection between the driver and the people and route that he is driving is an app on his phone. Otherwise, there does not seem to be any accountability or any tracking of what the driver is doing. This lack of accountability and lack of monitoring definitely gives some travelers and passengers a sense of concern about who is monitoring each trip.
So there are trade-offs with such an unregulated form of taxi and travel. On the one hand, Uber taxi is a another source of competition for taxicab drivers which will keep the rates low and make sure that they have competition so they will not be inclined to price gouge. On the other hand, it seems as though there is less accountability which definitely calls into question the safety of the entire operation, and also how well screened each driver is and do they really know his or her driving record.
Uber taxi is a relatively new concept that people are still becoming familiar with, and still trying to warm up to this new concept. If you’re traveling and the ground transportation, always be suspect on the mode of transportation that you’re using, and make sure you can trust the car and driver that you hire for travel. And if you ever have a feeling of uncertainty, then always trust your first instinct. It will never guide you wrong.
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