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Re: “Uber Über Alles?

The difference is that Robar was renting out his car. Uber drivers are small business owners and work in their personal vehicles. Robar was pulling a fast one much like green cab is currently whereas Uber is simply providing a technology platform that allows the driver an rider to find each other.

Posted by VTellithowitis on 07/06/2015 at 7:28 AM

Re: “City Council Green-Lights Uber — for Now

Every Uber driver is a small business so it is ok to stop some small businesses but not others... interesting take. The fact is that if the Taxi companies were providing great service there would be no room for Uber to make inroads but low and behold that is not the case and now there is some real competition in town and the taxi companies need to realize that half assed service and rude dispatchers isn't going to cut it anymore. Fix what is broken in your own systems not rage against the competition that is providing a better product.

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 07/01/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “City Council Green-Lights Uber — for Now

So hard working Vermonters don't get Burlington's support... how about the hard working Uber drivers that are simply looking to find a way to make a livable wage without getting wrapped up in one of the taxi companies in the area. You could work for Green Cab but then you would also be a subcontractor at least in name so the owner does not have to pay workmen's compensation and you have to do your own taxes at the end of the year, or you could work for Quik Cab where your charged a $2 fee on every fare and then have the owner drive around and pick up the majority of the calls while you sit around down town and hope to pick up curbs. Either way when you factor in the 12 hour shifts and the hours spent just sitting it is under a minimum wage most weeks. No wonder many cab drivers are rude. The fact is that when you work for a taxi company you are making 33-36% of your gross fares (unless of course Quik Cab is taking its $2 off the top). Uber pays its its drivers 80% of the fare and the driver is dealing with no hassles like having the customer not pay or argue about the fare it is all dealt with by Uber so there is no interaction between the driver and passenger so the passenger doesn't get to hear a diatribe about "Foreigners taken all the jobs" or "I hope i'm getting a good tip on this" as you drive to your destination. Uber offers a better service that costs less many times and is more customer friendly... imagine that the public at large would be interested.

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 07/01/2015 at 9:53 AM

Re: “City Council Green-Lights Uber — for Now

Here is a 48 page document from the Burlington International Airport that is what is listed as the ordinance http://www.btv.aero/documents/VehiclesforH… So we have 48 pages of rules (most of which are ignored and they are only really in force at the Airport as that is the only place where their is any over-site.) Burlington has dropped the ball and left the city with too few taxi options it is no surprise that Uber moved in and it is foolishness to try to put the genie back in the bottle.

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 06/30/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “City Council Green-Lights Uber — for Now

So here we are almost exactly a year from the closing of Benway's and the City of Burlington has still made no changes to the taxi ordinance and now state that it won't even have a recommendation from committee until November and then we get to discuss the new ordinance and so on until we are at least 18 months out from the dynamic shift in the taxi industry with no idea how the changes will effect the industry in the city. It is no wonder that the current companies are slow to increase their fleets and find new drivers when they do not know if the payments they are agreeing to will in fact be a profitable move once that city council tinkers around with the rules. For me their is plenty of rules in the Burlington taxi industry it is simply the lack of over-site.

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 06/30/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Uber Über Alles?

The fact is that With the city dropping the ball in terms of a new set of regulations it has created an environment where no serious business owner would be willing to start a multi-car company in town not knowing what the city ordinance will be it has left the door open for a company like Uber to move into town.

And Again Uber drivers are unable to solicit riders or pick up random fares both of which are at the heart of the taxi indusrty. What we are dealing with is two consenting adults who wish to swap surplus cash for a ride. Uber makes sure that all drivers are insured, registered, and preform a background check.

I am only sorry that the author never moved beyond a living for himself and branched out into a multi-car company. Someone with financial wherewithal and business acumen combined with social skills could have been a game changer in the local industry...

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 06/25/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Uber Über Alles?

If Uber is a cab company than why are the drivers that work for Uber not able to sit in the queue down town or at the airport and pick up fares?? After Benway's closed none of the current taxi companies stepped up to deal with the lack of options this presented. I know from being employed there during that time that Quik cab was busier for a couple months but they had not done anything to to fix a system that was already beyond its limits before the closing of the largest cab company in town and were unable to handle the additional demand and alienated the customer base. By looking at Yelp reviews and having worked there before I can assume something similar took place at Green Cab. None of the other cab companies in town stepped up to really fill the void left in the market and now their is this big groundswell against Uber when there was clearly a viod that needed to be filled.
I personally considered a Taxi company but without knowing what the "new and improved" taxi ordinance would look like it was hard to make the significant investment required. Here we are almost a year after the closing of Benway's Taxi and no change has been made to the taxi ordinance and we are weeks away from another years licensing for the Taxi industry (July is when new licenses are required).

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Posted by VTellithowitis on 06/25/2015 at 6:01 PM

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