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  • Uber ride service driver, passenger OK after rollover crash near airport

    Uber ride service driver, passenger OK after rollover crash near airport

    An Uber ride service driver and his passenger avoided serious injuries after the driver's Lincoln Navigator SUV rolled onto its roof while traveling to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Tuesday, authorities said.


    Sergio Leonardo Otaran, 41, of Dania Beach was identified as the Uber driver. Otaran could not be reached for comment.
    A Florida Highway Patrol trooper and two firefighter/paramedics from Lauderhill Fire Rescue were driving east along I-595...
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  • Do Uber Drivers Even Want To Be Employees?

    Do Uber Drivers Even Want To Be Employees?

    The typical rideshare driver is hard to define. At last estimate, there were over 300,000 Uber drivers, many of whom are only accessible through Uber and thus hard to find and survey. We do have some data on drivers though. According to Uber, 14% of its workforce is female, 25% of its drivers are over 50, and most drivers tend to come from very diverse racial and educational backgrounds.
    Those numbers and findings were all pulled from a recent survey of Uber drivers. Admittedly, there...
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  • Uber ultimatum: Pass law, we'll leave Broward

    Uber ultimatum: Pass law, we'll leave Broward

    As Broward County prepares to vote Tuesday on one of Florida's first laws legalizing and regulating Uber, the underground taxi service is threatening to leave town if it passes.
    In an email sent by an Uber executive to Broward County commissioners, Kasra Moshkani warned: "Simply put: if passed as written, this ordinance will force us out of Broward County.
    County commissioners are in a quandary, their inboxes over the past eight months full of email from Uber supporters, but...
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  • Channel 2 investigates Uber drivers ticketed, impounded at Atlanta airport

    Channel 2 investigates Uber drivers ticketed, impounded at Atlanta airport

    from Atlanta’s airport.
    A Channel 2 Action News investigation found Atlanta police ticketing and impounding rideshare driver’s vehicles.
    City officials and police said drivers are violating a limousine ordinance.
    “They know they aren’t supposed to do this and this has been going on for a while,” Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore explained to investigative reporter Erica Byfield.
    Moore, who also chairs the city’s Transportation Committee, admitted the city...
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  • Taxi Drivers Want NYPD to Investigate Assault on Uber Driver

    Taxi Drivers Want NYPD to Investigate Assault on Uber Driver

    The heated battle between rival New York City taxi companies went up a notch with the case of an assault on a Pakistani-origin driver on April 1, and could potentially envelop an already embattled police department on its handling of the incident.

    The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an organization representing some 18,000 mostly yellow-cab drivers, many of South Asian descent, demanded April 13 that police investigate the assault on an Uber driver, and called on the rival taxi company...
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  • City reviews of would-be Uber drivers find crimes the company missed

    City reviews of would-be Uber drivers find crimes the company missed

    Houston officials discovered crimes ranging from aggravated robbery to driving on a suspended license when they checked the backgrounds of prospective Uber drivers who had been cleared by the company's review, according to a new report.

    City regulatory officials cited the cases in documents prepared for a hearing in Austin on Thursday opposing a bill that would give the state control of regulating Uber and strip the city of its oversight - including criminal background checks.
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  • Jacksonville taxi owners and drivers tell officials that Uber has an unfair advantage

    Jacksonville taxi owners and drivers tell officials that Uber has an unfair advantage

    ackson taxicab owners and drivers tell city officials that the popular ridesharing service Uber has an unfair advantage over taxi services.
    They said city officials haven't included them in the process as the city looks at possibly changing city ordinances in the wake of Uber, which began operating in December.
    Deluxe Cab Co. owner Tyra Dean and about 10 drivers representing Jackson taxicab companies appeared before the Jackson City Council last week to express their concerns about...
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  • Uber drivers have given more than 1 million rides in South Florida

    Uber drivers have given more than 1 million rides in South Florida

    Uber drivers have given more than 1 million rides in South Florida, despite legal battles in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the company announced Tuesday.
    The San Francisco-based ridesharing service has more than 10,000 drivers in South Florida.
    “We’ve seen incredible growth and incredible adoption,” Kasra Moshkani, Uber’s general manager for South Florida, told the Business Journal earlier this year. “We’re really becoming a part of the fabric across the tri-county...
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  • Secret recording leads prosecutors to drop sexual assault charges against Uber driver

    Secret recording leads prosecutors to drop sexual assault charges against Uber driver

    An Uber driver’s secret recording of his conversation with a passenger prompted Cook County prosecutors Monday to drop rape and kidnapping charges against him, his attorney said.
    Maxime Fohounhedo, 30, was charged in December in the Nov. 16 sexual assault of a female passenger. Fohounhedo was expected to be released from the Cook County Jail later on Monday. He has spent the last four months behind bars.
    “Fortunately Max can live the rest of his life without this stain on his name,”...
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  • Under Uber’s rules a bad driver is ultimately your problem

    Under Uber’s rules a bad driver is ultimately your problem

    Uber has asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape victim in the Indian capital New Delhi, Reuters reports. The company says it should not be held legally responsible for the driver’s acts.


    The passenger in the case, who reported that she was raped and beaten after hailing an Uber ride in early December, sued the service in US federal court in January, claiming its safety procedures were insufficient.
    Following a ban in New Delhi, Uber introduced a...
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