I drove for Uber for slightly under two months and what I found is Uber is dangerous for public safety . Taking your eyes off the road to tap on your Uber device to receive a fare and more takes your eyes completely off of the road . Concentrating on your Uber device to receive fares can easily cause accidents due to distractive driving . Even if you, yourself cancels the fare you must proceed with why you are cancelling to the little icons on your Uber device and doing so is a distraction, period . There are 6 icons on your Uber device requesting why your cancelling & you must select one by tapping on one of the little green icons . This is usually done while driving diverting your eyes off the traffic ahead of you . This happened often …....... the client will cancel for one reason or another . You receive the cancellation notice while your driving and while your driving your eyes are taken off the road so you can respond to the beeping sound coming from your Uber device . This beeping sound indicates that the client has cancelled the fare . When getting close to the pick up location you are required to notify the client by again having to locate your Uber device while driving then tapping on the “ arriving now “ icon. This is equal to and just as dangerous then texting while driving . Distractive driving laws were put there for safety reasons which thus far Uber has ignored .
Furthermore, there is no time limit to driving . Unlike Taxi drivers who are limited to a ten hour driving period in, San Francisco an Uber driver can drive for 20 hours straight or more . Too much driving creates fatigue often leading to confusion, , falling asleep, hallucinations, dozing off and considerably more inattentiveness which can cause accidents resulting in injury and even death .
Being an Uber driver means you are subjected to violating traffic law such as take eight passengers in your car when there are only four seat belts or you will be FIRED by Uber . In my case I got a call to take nine passengers . Including myself that would have been ten people total all in a mini van . The weight itself is enough to cause my tires to rub against the wheel wells of my van creating sparks from stones trapped in the threading of my tires which could ignite the fuel tank causing an explosion even killing all those passengers that are trapped inside my mini Van . So, because I didn't take all nine passengers out to, Isla Vista from downtown Santa Barbara and only took the legal amount of five, the passengers gave me a one rating . They were upset because they had to to order another Uber car to Isla Vista costing them more money . So, over safety concerns I was FIRED for doing what was lawfully right and after I explained to my, Santa Barbara - Uber representatives via email numerous times about having to take too many passengers creating unsafe driving conditions so I could be reinstated my repeated requests were ignored . The bottom line is i was FIRED by Uber for refusing to do something that was unlawful and dangerous . You are rated after each fare by your passenger(s) from one to five and if your rating is too low you will be blocked or for a better term
2. “ fired “by Uber . This causes drivers to violate traffic laws in order to maintain a high rating or their driving privileges and account with Uber will be deactivated .. So the rating system encourages drivers to violate the law such as the impeding of traffic or abrupt stopping, so you won't miss the client(s) destination . If your client is in a hurry the rating system will also cause drivers to run traffic signals at their passengers request . Again if you don't you will be graded on your performance from 1 to 5 and in most all cases you will be given the lowest rating such as a one and you will be fired by Uber .
There are no vehicle inspections required by Uber drivers meaning if your car's brakes are failing or wipers not working it is still OK to drive in the rain . Does Uber care your brakes are failing or wipers aren't working ? Probally not . They just want their 20% share of your fare and will claim no responsibility if your involved in an accident because they will say your an independent driver . Then if a claim is put against the driver's insurance Company that claim will be denied because you were using the vehicle commercially . It is illegal to use your vehicle commercially unless you get commercial registration and insurance . Not getting commercial plates, insurances, licenses, permits will mean the loss of millions of dollars for States, Cities and municipalities . Uber drivers do not have commercial insurance, license plates, permits or registration for their vehicles so driving commercially for Uber is technically illegal .
" Uber said it offers adequate coverage and criticized a plan that passed the state Assembly as a “back-room deal” by insurers and trial lawyers seeking to boost profit. " Uber is again seeking to maintain their profits by continually not complying with any rules or regulations and have consistently maintained that any laws, rules or regulations do not apply to them . Uber has lied and lied to anyone that stands in their way in order to boost profits at the expense of the public and not themselves .
Quit whining Uber / Lyft drivers and comply with the law, rules and regulations like all commercial drivers do and not the Uber / Lyft monopolies that think the rules don't apply to them .
I'd rather take a Taxi then wind up in an accident with Uber & find out nobody will pay my medical bills . Ever seen a black driver for Uber / Lyft ? I never have .
By Richard Alley
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