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Why are there still taxi drivers? Why don't they all join Uber instead of fighting it?

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Dat_Sun2
28
 Posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

To consumers, there isn't a huge difference. Both gets them from point a to point b.  One just happens to provide the convenience of a nice app, and maybe the price is cheaper? 

Why wouldn't just taxi drivers just switch over to Uber where the consumers are headed? Why would it make a difference? Workers always have the flexibility of choice. 

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    StevenL-NYU
    149 Driver Driver
     4 weeks ago

    Many drivers have, because you are mostly right. However, you are forgetting that not everyone has a choice.  There are requirements to being a Uber driver that not everyone has...which is to own your own personal vehicle.

    There is also an illusion that drivers make more money off of Uber (and other rideshares) but that isn't always the case. It entirely depends on how much work you get and you have to consider for all of your own expenses...like your car!

    With Uber, how much work you get is dependent on where you work and when you work. If you work for established taxi companies with a foothold in the market, you can expect a steady stream of dispatch...at least with some stability. 

    So to summarize:

    - no, not every driver has a choice

    - the pay may not be better on Uber

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      Dat_Sun2
      28
       4 weeks ago

      well, that is the issue though. Taxis are facing a disruption and there is no "stability" that you speak of anymore. 

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    dracomalfoy
    200 Driver
     3 weeks ago

    On word. PRIDE.

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    RobinH74
    33 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    ...because the business model of Uber is broken. 

    Uber prices the rates to whatever they wish.  They claim they set the rates to what's competitive in the market, which only sounds good on paper.  A normal business would consider for "expenses", but Uber ignores it while setting the rates.

    Uber drivers incur the cost, such as gasoline, maintenance and upkeep, etc. Uber seem to not take those things into account as expenses.

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    ChazKillington
    OP 39
     2 weeks ago

    Yes, it's all semantics. 

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    Bigfrank
    440 Driver Driver Rider
     3 weeks ago

    I would rather collect bottles and cans then to be a volunteer commie in a Communist app . Disgraceful people taking advantage of other human beings.

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    ErasDrivingCo
    132 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    Well, in some markets, they have. Especially in the smaller markets, taxi companies went belly up, and they've all been replaced by Uber drivers. 

    What happens is that the "dispatchers", which are sometimes independent from taxi companies are the ones that are struggling.  This is because Uber's innovative app replaces the dispatchers' job function and not drivers.

    So the dispatchers went belly up and drivers are now taking calls from Uber.  

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    chicago49
    253 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    Taxi industry is very lax compared to rideshares. Many drivers are undocumented immigrants. Others might not pass a background check for one reason or another. Many taxi companies don't care... Uber does.

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    AnthonySn.d
    35
     4 weeks ago

    Oh, no he didn't. he went there. so much ignorance in such a small paragraph