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Benefits of taxis I can think of:
1) Minivans and SUVs are the same price as sedans.
2) Kids can ride without car seats.
3) The drivers seem way more experienced than Uber drivers
$105,000 gross income
$65,000 net after expenses.
$18,000 in gasoline! Wow!
This is a horrible game of cat and mouse. Drivers are scamming passengers by cherry-picking the trips, accepting but not moving to pick them up. Then of course, the passenger eventually cancels, then they collect the cancellation fees and their ratings won't change. (As the ride was not completed.)
This scam is so rampant now that the passengers are catching on. If the two minute has passed and they realize the driver isn't moving and not answering the phone, they will attempt to make the driver cancel the ride. It's wise for the passengers to do nothing until the drivers cancel. We all know this.
Is this a problem of insurance/liability coverage or a simple "it's illegal"? I think for those under 12 or whatever, it's easy; it's the car seat argument. But what about those that are minors like 13~17?
Uber doesn't allow the usage of their service by minors but it isn't illegal for a person to drive a 17 year old person. There's nothing illegal about it.
Sorry I don't know this topic so well.