UBER update: Does having an App make a service totally unique and immune?

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Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066
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Apparently, in Idaho it does.  The city of Boise has been going round and round with UBER trying to make them stand up to the same requirements as the Taxi services do.  Then, just like some Republican's doing an end run around President Obama sending a letter by sending a letter to Iran, Uber goes to the Idaho Legislature.

Duck is not a duck

As a result, the legislature must have gone out for a "joint session" because they came back redefining companies like "UBER" as a "Transportation Network Company" (TNC) and specifically state in House Bill No. 262 that "TNC service is not a taxicab, for-hire vehicle" even though in 49-3703 1(3) it states:

"Transportation network company (TNC) services" shall mean transportation of a passenger between points chosen by the passenger and prearranged with a TNC driver through the use of a TNC digital network or software application. TNC services shall begin when a TNC driver accepts a request for transportation received through the TNC's digital network or software application service, continue while the TNC driver transports the passenger in the TNC driver's vehicle, and end when the passenger exits the TNC driver's vehicle. TNC service is not a taxicab, for-hire vehicle or street hail service.

Sorry, but to me, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it might be a duck!

 

Don't get me wrong, I like the concept of companies like UBER, but think they should still be required to the same standards of our taxi drivers for licensing, insurance, safety checks, etc., or else why not delete those requirements for taxi drivers? 

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Bob Publicover
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Jim, I feel as long as the public is aware there are different standards in play, Uber's business model  does not bother me.

Now when it comes to the Republicans...........GOOD FOR THEM!!

Mar 28, 2015 05:20 AM #1
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Bob Publicover I commend UBER for using technology to provide a better system of get a "non" cab ride.  I think if I was a licensed cab driver, I might give it up and just become an UBER driver.  That way, I could save enough money on licensing and fees that I could afford to wait at the bar having a beer waiting for my future customers to call.  

Mar 28, 2015 06:50 AM #2
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Hi Jim - You're likely to see the legislature rethink that one when the inevitable happens and missing oversight is to blame. It's a great model, and a lot better in practice than our local taxi service, but there are bound to be growing pains.

Mar 28, 2015 06:59 AM #3
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Jim Paulson We totally agree with you. I suspect an investigation should be mounted to find out just who's palms got 'greased' by Uber on this boondoggle of words to allow them basically to beat the system and the Law.

Mar 28, 2015 08:06 AM #4
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I do think Uber is providing a needed service and safer than a regular  taxi.

May 18, 2015 11:15 AM #5
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland how can Uber be safer than a regular taxi?  Taxi cab drivers typically require a CDL license and their vehicles are inspected.  I don't believe that to be the case for UBER.

I actualy reached out to UBER with a potential solution, and didn't even get a response or acknowledgement that I even tried.

I love the concept of UBER, but as Dick Greenberg stated, there are bound to be growing pains.

May 27, 2015 06:10 AM #6
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Jim Paulson The safety part I like is the idea of knowing the exact car/driver and that the fare is paid.

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland thanks for replying back with the additional details.  Uber is just launching here in Boise, so I have lots to learn about them but I do love the idea that you enter your credit card on their website once and don't have to give it to some cab driver that doesn't even hardly speak English.  Also, having their system know which driver picked you up should be safer than just having a generic cab pick you up with no one else knowing.

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