One of the major objections to the proposal to allow ride-hailing services like Uber to expand to upstate New York is that it does not include fingerprinting of drivers, although it's already required of all taxi operators in New York City — including Uber. Outside the city, ride-hailing firms conduct private driver screenings — underscoring how these app-based services, even though acting as public conveyances, believe their business should be shielded from regulators.
The MTA is planning to partner with ride-sharing services like Uber to fix Access-A-Ride. Here was our response.
A New York City advocacy group says a third former Uber driver has been deemed to have been an employee of the company, not a contractor.
Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have grown increasingly popular in the last few years. During this time, both companies have faced numerous challenges to their business models, including lawsuits involving passenger safety and the misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors, as well as accusations that both drivers and passengers discriminate based on race and other factors.
AFA Gallery manager Frances Stern has worked with the world’s top artists, but she’s never seen anything like the Uber driver who took her for a wild ride into the Bronx, where she was forced to make a frightening escape, she says.
Disability Activists Slam MTA for Considering Uber as an Alternative to Existing Access-a-Ride Service
Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities have long battled with car services whose vehicles are not accessible. Now they are calling on the MTA to drop plans to do business with them.
The MTA is considering including Uber in its Access-a-Ride program. Uber operates over 44,000 vehicles in NYC and, until the company hatched a scheme to poach 40 accessible green taxis from the boroughs, not a single one was accessible to wheelchair users.
NYETA represents over 6,000 immigrant taxi medallion owners whose investments and future have been put a great risk because the city’s immigrant supporting rhetoric doesn’t seem to apply to them.
Uber, with its latest update managed to leave its customers fuming in anger after it informed them about its new policy.
Uber is pushing back against a newly passed Taxi and Limousine Commission safety rule, citing security concerns over the city’s data collection needed for the measure.