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Interesting

Having used public transport in Montreal Boston providence NYC and ct, I would say Toronto and Montreal were the best

U.S. Public transport sucks in comparison

My fave U.S. public transport was the Bart in sf
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Then at least I could get affirmative action, have sports genes, or a 9" personality , or have lots of welfare money .

Though interestingly blacks drive a high proportions of acuras when hey are not rolling in heir maxima or Hyundai

I am a colored brownie
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Colored brownie? So you're Hispanic or one of those Asians that looks Hispanic?
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I'd rather bring my car downtown and pay for parking. That's how much I hate the cabs and public transit here in Toronto.
I live DT and most of the time I'm able to walk or TTC places. But you know when it's raining or snowing or just plain freezing cold out and I want to take a 5 min cab instead of walking for 30 min. Same BS every time. I took a cab from Bloor and University to King & John once and the guy got pissed because I paid with a 20 ($14 fare). We got out and told him to fuck off, and he actually tried to hit my friend with his car. Cabs here are nuts.
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Having used public transport in Montreal Boston providence NYC and ct, I would say Toronto and Montreal were the best

U.S. Public transport sucks in comparison

My fave U.S. public transport was the Bart in sf
Public transport in Toronto is ok. The city has grown so much around it, and funding for expansion/maintenance hasn't kept up, so it's getting less reliable, or is shut down often for upgrades. It's very frustrating for regular commuters as it's getting to be a craps shoot if your going to be on time or not. It's also very irregular in border area's of town. We just had a mayoral election here and transit was the hot topic so hopefully it will improve over then next 10 years.
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Uber drivers are employees, not contractors, according to California.

Time for Uber to start offering health insurance and other benefits.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-d...143252024.html
WASHINGTON, DC, June 17 (Reuters) - A San Francisco-based driver for ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission.

The ruling earlier this month and filed Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, said Uber is "involved in every aspect of the operation." Uber has argued its drivers are contractors, not employees.

Uber is appealing a labor commissioner award of about $4,000 in expenses to the driver.

The California ruling came in response to a claim brought by San Francisco-based driver Barbara Ann Berwick.
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Not sure about Cali laws but here I work with people who've been temps/contract for at least a year.
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Doesn't seem like a company I want to support.

This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft | The Verge
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Originally Posted by Doom878 View Post
Not sure about Cali laws but here I work with people who've been temps/contract for at least a year.
There are plenty of places that setup part-time help as contractors. Most of these people are improperly classified.
Here are the guidelines http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-...ed-or-Employee

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Old 06-17-2015, 11:22 AM
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I looked into them for a ride to airport and they were not cheap. Also, I do not understand how suddenly the Gov't allows cars with limited restriction to be used as cabs. I feel or the cab companies who have a lot more restrictions placed on them. I would rather ride a proper cab and hope the are insured properly.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:12 PM
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There are plenty of places that setup part-time help as contractors. Most of these people are improperly classified.
Here are the guidelines Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?
I read through it and it is pretty confusing. It sounds like Uber drivers are statutory employees. Was the state Commission citing Federal Law?

I had contract work for 9 mos where they put me up in a city, paid a rental car, per diem, and an hourly wage. I was not eligible for benefits though. Not sure about unemployment as I left the project because it was about done and I was getting married. My job was basically an office job.
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Just thought I'd give everybody an interesting look inside what I see as far as what other Uber drivers are driving around in. Some have bought cars specifically for this purpose but most just use their everyday cars.

So far I have the only Elantra I've seen with an Uber 'U' sticker in the windshield but Priuses (wait....Prii?) are the most popular by a country mile which is funny because I've heard most riders hate them. There are a fair number of Camrys, Camry Hybrids, Accords and a handful of Civics. Our little airport 'group' consists of:

- Mazda CX-5
- Kia Sorento
- Kia Optima
- Chevy Cruze
- Buick Encore
- Infiniti Q45
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Lincoln MKZ
- Hyundai Elantra (mine)

I've seen some expensive iron rolling around, too. A guy showed up briefly in a Model S P85+ and I'm pretty sure I saw a late-model BMW 750Li. Honestly if I had to buy a car specifically for this job, it would probably be a VW Passat TDI for the interior space and the diesel engine.

I must admit that I still get a bit nervous around cab drivers because I never know what they'll do, especially if I'm dropping off or waiting to pick up in an area that is quiet. The taxi service in Portland has been nothing short of appalling for years and only now that Uber and Lyft have come in have they pretended to give two shits about the customer. From what I hear, very little has changed at any of the big cab companies but their drivers are PISSED at us. I refuse to instigate, I don't make eye contact or respond to shouts and rude gestures. I wouldn't put it past one of these psychos to slash my tires, break a window or something else stupid. That's also why the 'U' sticker ALWAYS comes off my windshield whenever I'm not on the clock. I don't want to come back to my car parked somewhere to find it's been keyed by an angry cabbie.

Despite the potential hazards of rabid cab drivers, I'm enjoying the flexibility of Uber'ing. Customers are about 97% cool and the 3% that aren't get treated fairly but rated accordingly. I'm still quite happy with my overall driver rating; 4.92 out of 5 stars over 152 trips. I took a hit a few weeks back from a couple of drunk dipshits that brought me down to 4.86 so I've been slowly working to repair the damage. I don't do the late night drunk runs anymore...they're short rides and not worth the money you make off them plus the risk of someone blowing chunks in my back seat goes up tenfold. Also, as I've learned, they're far more likely to rate you poorly simply because they're drunk. I'll work until 11 PM or so but once I get the first obnoxious drunk group out of the car, I sign off. It just isn't worth it.

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Uber is in deep operating at a 470million loss and has Chinese investment backing... might go for IPO

Report: Uber is operating at a $470M loss
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:20 AM
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Yeah the cabbies here did some lame protest outside of the courthouses in Downtown. I don't think anyone cared. THe pay for them already sucked and the medallions are so expensive for the self employed ones so yeah I'd be scared of them too.
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I tried to drive for Lyft, but my car was pending a respray after being keyed on a few different panels and was not approved. They never told me why but I figured it was the keyed panels. I waited until after the respray and signed up with Uber... got approved and was on the road that same day. I got a $200 new driver bonus. Plus they had rate guarantees if you worked peak hours and met certain qualifications. It was decent pay while I was away from work.

I met a lot of people in the entertainment industry from all around the world. I'd usually start around 5pm and end around midnight so I could avoid the drunk crowd. Overall a pleasant experience.

My uncle does Uber and Lyft in the San Diego area full time and loves it.
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Oh so you gotta have a newer nicely decordated car? Brand image.
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Oh so you gotta have a newer nicely decordated car? Brand image.
yeah, i think the pre-requisites are;

- 6 year old car or newer.
- 70k or less.

and some other ones...
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yeah, i think the pre-requisites are;
  • Minimum Age 21
  • 2000 or newer (2005 in some cities)
  • Pass Background Check
  • Must be a four-door car, truck, or minivan
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Anyone ever try or look into Shuddle, HopSkipDrive, or Kangado? It's like Uber/Lyft, but for kids.

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Are you sure those aren't for Lyft? I looked into Uber for my city and it said at least 2008 or newer.
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Originally Posted by Curious3GTL View Post
Are you sure those aren't for Lyft? I looked into Uber for my city and it said at least 2008 or newer.
Got requirements from https://www.uber.com/driver-jobs

Maybe you were looking at UberPlus/UberSelect requirements? That does required a 2007 or 2008 and newer.





EDIT... Yup. Uber Plus is 2008 and newer according to http://www.driveubersd.com/uberx-uberxl-uberplus/ while regular Uber X is 2000 and newer

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I am not sure where I saw that. Clearly that's the correct information since it's right from their website, thanks!
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They also check your wipers, tires, horn, blinkers and brakes amongst other things during the vehicle inspection.

Which reminds me, I also got a $100 bonus for going to an Uber inspection site instead of printing the inspection form and having a local mechanic perform it.
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FYI Uber is stating they might pull out of Broward county (Ft Lauderdale) because of fingerprinting requirements and driver's names being put on public records by the end of July. The legislature is on summer session till mid August so it won't be addressed again anytime soon. It sucks for ease of access for drivers and it cuts down on potential revenue for Uber. On the flipside, I guess they're not letting ex-cons drive with the news of assaults by drivers.

In Key West, police has been ordered to arrest any Lyft/Uber drivers.
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FYI Uber is stating they might pull out of Broward county (Ft Lauderdale) because of fingerprinting requirements and driver's names being put on public records by the end of July. The legislature is on summer session till mid August so it won't be addressed again anytime soon. It sucks for ease of access for drivers and it cuts down on potential revenue for Uber. On the flipside, I guess they're not letting ex-cons drive with the news of assaults by drivers.

In Key West, police has been ordered to arrest any Lyft/Uber drivers.
Whoa...

I wonder what crime they are supposed to arrest them for?
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Here's the article. Notice how licenses for vehicle-for-hire haven't been issued in 20 years.

Key West Says It Will Arrest Uber Drivers | Miami New Times

Now that Uber has announced it will suspend operations in Broward effective July 31, Key West commuters are wondering if the island town could be the next domino to fall for the ride-sharing app in South Florida.
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Last week, the city threatened to arrest any Uber drivers operating there. There have been no arrests yet, but city spokeswoman Alyson Crean says Uber drivers should heed the warning.

“Uber has, despite warnings, been actively recruiting drivers down here,” Crean tells New Times. “Complaints have been going through the roof, so we finally had to fully enforce the law.”


Uber launched in Key West in December amid opposition from local cabbies who claim the drivers should be forced to hold a mandatory city vehicle-for-hire ordinance, as do taxis. The city has 56 of those licenses, and all of them are already issued to taxi companies. (The licenses have been unavailable for more than 20 years.)


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Crean says the city has been issuing warnings to Uber, as well as promoting an awareness campaign, over the past several months. But nothing has changed. Because of the undisclosed nature of Uber vehicles, any arrests will likely stem from citizens or cabbies who spot Uber drivers and call police to complain.

"If a cab driver is at a cab stand and he sees an Uber pick someone up, he may call the police," she says.

Taxi driver Ben Hudson, of Key West Taxi, says that he’ll be on the lookout but that he won't go out of his way to spot Uber drivers.

"They're just like any other fake taxi drivers," Hudson says. "We've always had them — during Fantasy Fest, on New Year's Eve — whenever there's a big event, people rent vans and try to make money off it. We call them scabs."

Hudson says he doesn’t think Uber could be sustainable on Key West anyway.

“How are the drivers making any money?” Hudson says. “We’re such a small place, and they’re charging less than us. It doesn't make sense.”

But Uber continues to recruit drivers in Key West, as evidenced online, as well as tout demand and completed trips on the island.

"We're passionate about making your city better," the Uber Key West website reads. "That's why we partner with thousands of locals who keep Florida Keys moving. Together we're energizing the local economy, helping make streets safer from drunk and distracted driving, and fostering a more connected, less congested environment."

New Times has asked an Uber media contact for comment on the City of Key West's threats; we'll update this post if we hear back.
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Here's the article. Notice how licenses for vehicle-for-hire haven't been issued in 20 years.
Makes sense. According to US Census, the population for Key West hasn't grown over the last 20 years. It's actually slightly less than 20 years ago.
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I still am not sure what the criminal violation is. Maybe operating a "for hire" vehicle without a license, but this is an arrestable offense? Seems like a civil ticket to me, unless FL has all commercial vehicle violations as misdemeanors.
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Makes sense. According to US Census, the population for Key West hasn't grown over the last 20 years. It's actually slightly less than 20 years ago.
But at the same time kills any form of competition to bad service. Some of the commenters complained of poor taxi service.
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I don't think I could do Uber in my area. I would have to carry a gun... Crazy ass people will try to carjack me. Granted it's a nice way to get a S2k quicker.. *paging pangwang boy*
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stogie, it might fall under tax evasion and carry a more serious penalty. It is supposed to be illegal to drive a licensed farm truck more than 100 miles from its registered address in Texas. I'm not sure what the penalty is, but it is considered tax evasion. It is rarely enforced, but cops in College Station will pull students over with farm plates in hopes of finding them drunk or in possession. If they find farm or "red" diesel in the tank, then matters only get worse. Also, in TX moving violations are technically considered class C misdemeanors.

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But at the same time kills any form of competition to bad service. Some of the commenters complained of poor taxi service.
Change the law then.

Lots of businesses want liquor licenses, but that doesn't mean you can just ignore it.
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^That's what Uber is trying to do. Or actually go around that they would need a license.
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stogie, it might fall under tax evasion and carry a more serious penalty. It is supposed to be illegal to drive a licensed farm truck more than 100 miles from its registered address in Texas. I'm not sure what the penalty is, but it is considered tax evasion. It is rarely enforced, but cops in College Station will pull students over with farm plates in hopes of finding them drunk or in possession. If they find farm or "red" diesel in the tank, then matters only get worse. Also, in TX moving violations are technically considered class C misdemeanors.
IC, thanks.
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^That's what Uber is trying to do. Or actually go around that they would need a license.
They should spend their billions lobbying cities to increase their licenses or to abolish the license system. Are they doing that? I don't think so.
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