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  • The Pros And Cons Of Fingerprinting Uber Drivers

    The Pros And Cons Of Fingerprinting Uber Drivers

    Uber’s ruthless expansion strategy has put state and local legislators in the middle of the debate over regulation of the on-demand, ride-hailing workforce. Laws requiring background checks for drivers, which can restrict access to Uber’s core asset, are now a central theme of the regulatory battle, focusing specifically on the use of state and federal criminal history databases that require fingerprinting of ride-hailing drivers.

    Indeed, Uber and Lyft recently chose to abandon...
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  • Toronto - Uber can now apply to license its drivers

    Toronto - Uber can now apply to license its drivers

    Uber drivers, and anyone else who drives for a private driving company, now has the green light to operate legally in Toronto. The new vehicle-for-hire bylaw came into effect on Friday and “substantially changed” the city’s taxi landscape, the City of Toronto said on its website.
    The city created the Private Transportation Company (PTC) licensing category to accommodate ride-sharing services like Uber, which were enormously popular without being exactly legal.
    Private companies, like...
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  • Uber Has Made Taxi Drivers Less Knowledgeable

    Uber Has Made Taxi Drivers Less Knowledgeable

    More access means taxi drivers just don’t know roads as well as they used to.
    Gary Englander, 64, has been driving a yellow cab in New York City for 38 years. It was a job he enjoyed—until very recently, that is. “I loved my job,” he says. “The independence. The meeting of people and minds. I learned every day.”
    What’s changed for Englander in the last two years? It’s not just that ridesharing apps are now in the picture, he says, though he calls Uber a “money-laundering...
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  • This guy turned his Tesla into an Uber, but it didn’t go well

    This guy turned his Tesla into an Uber, but it didn’t go well

    In an interview Thursday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick spoke of his love for Teslas and the use of the luxury car among drivers for his ride-hailing app.

    “There are Uber Teslas out there, by the way,” Kalanick said.

    This spiked MarketWatch’s curiosity, so we set out to find Uber drivers providing rides in a Tesla TSLA, +0.71% electric car, which can retail from $75,000 to $105,000 for a Model S....
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  • Do you need to tip your Uber driver?

    Do you need to tip your Uber driver?

    When it comes to tipping, some Uber drivers have started to take matters into their own hands.

    The ride-sharing giant, which pairs drivers in their own vehicles with passengers via a smartphone app, spells out its official policy on its website: “You don’t need cash when you ride with Uber. Once you arrive at your destination, your fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file — there’s no need to tip.”

    A spokesman added that the “Uber experience”...
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  • Meet the taxi industry's last, best hope to survive Uber age

    Meet the taxi industry's last, best hope to survive Uber age

    Meet the taxi industry's last, best hope to survive Uber age

    August 27, 2015

    New smartphone app Arro lets users hail and pay for yellow and green cab rides. Its backers laid out their strategy to compete with Uber.


    Courtesy of Arro This is not Uber. This is Arro.
    It's called Arro, and it may be the traditional taxi industry's best shot at survival in the age of Uber.

    Eighteen months in the making, the new smartphone application allows...
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  • Uber driver: Harassment continues in Dewey

    Uber driver: Harassment continues in Dewey

    Uber driver: Harassment continues in Dewey


    Photo by: Chris Flood Uber driver Harris Marx says Dewey Beach police officers continue to harass drivers of the ride-sharing service for not having a town business license despite multiple assurances from the town's top officials that it would stop.
    Dewey Beach — It’s been nearly a month since Uber driver Harris Marx first complained about aggressive enforcement measures in Dewey Beach, but things aren't getting any better,...
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  • Yellow cabs vs. Uber: Tale of the tax tape

    Yellow cabs vs. Uber: Tale of the tax tape

    It's easy to take yellow cabs for granted. Taxis are ubiquitous in the city, moving 500,000 New Yorkers, tourists and business travelers daily.

    But what do they really contribute to the local and state coffers? With new competition like Uber and all kinds of assertions and assumptions being made about the value of these businesses, it seemed like a good time to provide New Yorkers with the facts.

    In 2015, yellow-taxicab owners, drivers and passengers are estimated to contribute...
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  • What Uber Will Do With All That Money From Google

    What Uber Will Do With All That Money From Google

    WHEN UBER COFOUNDER and CEO Travis Kalanick was in sixth grade, he learned to code on a Commodore 64. His favorite things to program were videogames. But in the mid-’80s, getting the machine to do what he wanted still felt a lot like manual labor. “Back then you would have to do the graphics pixel by pixel,” Kalanick says. “But it was cool because you were like, oh my God, it’s moving across the screen! My monster is moving across the screen!” These days, Kalanick, 37, has lost none...
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  • Uber leaving 'impossible' Broward this month

    Uber leaving 'impossible' Broward this month

    Uber, the ride-sharing service, is suspending operations in Broward County at the end of July.
    The company, in a statement, said that Broward County officials made it, "impossible for us to continue providing the standard of service people have come to expect in Broward County."
    Operations will be suspended as of July 31, according to the company.
    Uber said Broward's laws are oppressive to require each driver to obtain a county chauffer registration, a car permit...
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