Uber - good or bad? Page 3

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  • Trafford 22 Jul 2015 08:22:26 7,973 posts
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    zisssou wrote:
    Anyone tried Fake Taxi?
    Heh.
  • Derblington 22 Jul 2015 08:46:19 29,644 posts
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    I've used Uber in London, Stockholm and - just this weekend - Prague. It's a pretty perfect system, and removes all the hassle of language barrier, awkward phone calls and dodgy price gauging.
  • THFourteen 22 Jul 2015 09:00:09 46,250 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    zisssou wrote:
    Anyone tried Fake Taxi?
    Heh.
    ahahahahaha
  • Tonka 22 Jul 2015 09:39:36 26,489 posts
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    It's great for the consumer and the owners of uber. Bad for the society and it's "employees".
  • minky-kong 22 Jul 2015 10:05:28 13,222 posts
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    zisssou wrote:
    Anyone tried Fake Taxi?
  • wobbly_Bob 22 Jul 2015 13:15:40 4,218 posts
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    Uber is brilliant. OK it's run by a big bunch of money grabbing cunts but then so are a lot of big bussines. It's so convenient. I use them way too much really but it's just so easy and the prices are great. I would find it hard to go back to the way things were before.
  • Deleted user 22 July 2015 13:24:45
    kinky_mong wrote:
    zisssou wrote:
    Anyone tried Fake Taxi?
    You've ruined it :(
  • breakablepants 22 Jul 2015 13:29:00 741 posts
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    @Tonka agree 100%.

    I think that the idea of the service is great, but the business seems to be based on trying to pretend it's not a taxi service but a 'facilitation platform', and therefore not bound by any employer responsibilities or transportation laws.

    I know that makes me sound all lefty, but at the end of the day its the taxpayer who will subsidise these things if the employer doesn't, and it seems to me that Uber's business is largely based on local cities and governments subsidising its business model.

    But fuck yes, it's about time someone brought taxi services into the modern world.
  • Tonka 22 Jul 2015 14:17:58 26,489 posts
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    andrewrafter wrote:
    No question it's the future, surely normal taxi drivers should just become Uber drivers? Or is it the case that would be a massive drop in wages, presumably, and that's why they hating on it?
    Massive drop with no social security or benefits of any kind and run by a company that breaks laws as they see fit.

    It is literally organised crime in a lot of regions it operates.
  • TheSaint 22 Jul 2015 14:25:50 17,402 posts
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    Surely most taxi drivers are self employed with few benefits and little job security?

    I'd also imagine not having to shell out for expensive licences and tests outweighs the lower ride fares.
  • reviewer 22 Jul 2015 14:50:25 4,747 posts
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    Either uber drivers should need the licences or the taxi drivers shouldn't. At the moment there's no way for the taxis to compete on price.
  • Humperfunk 22 Sep 2017 11:21:38 7,015 posts
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    TFL not renewing Uber licence

    Fuck sake. Tube only from now on then, not going back to paying black cabs an absolute fortune.
  • thelzdking 22 Sep 2017 11:23:48 6,358 posts
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    Trying to stop the inevitable: Britain in a nutshell right now.
  • minky-kong 22 Sep 2017 11:24:13 13,222 posts
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    Yay to luddites winning again.
  • thelzdking 22 Sep 2017 11:26:45 6,358 posts
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    LETS GO BACK TO IMPERIAL MEASUREMENTS!
  • You-can-call-me-kal 22 Sep 2017 11:27:14 9,889 posts
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    minky-kong wrote:
    Yay to luddites winning again.
    This is a company that behaves utterly disgustingly.

    I use them a lot because the convenience is just too great, but any move to force them to sort their shit out should be welcomed.
  • disusedgenius 22 Sep 2017 11:29:37 8,537 posts
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    I guess we'll start seeing a lot more ads for Hailo around, then. Hopefully they managed to crib the good bits of Uber well enough.

    Edit: huh, looks like they were taken over by mytaxi.

    Edited by disusedgenius at 11:37:47 22-09-2017
  • RichDC 22 Sep 2017 11:31:31 7,553 posts
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    Hopefullly this will just force Uber to comply with the rules and they'll be back. Otherwise its just back to standard minicabs for me. Certainly won't be using the overpriced black cabs.
  • senso-ji 22 Sep 2017 11:33:13 8,080 posts
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    Don't user Uber, but I always thought they were filling a gap in the market and were providing a 21st century cab/private car service.

    But there have been way too many complaints about their business practices and the way they treat their employees, so maybe this news is justified somewhat.
  • Tomo 22 Sep 2017 11:37:12 15,588 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    minky-kong wrote:
    Yay to luddites winning again.
    This is a company that behaves utterly disgustingly.

    I use them a lot because the convenience is just too great, but any move to force them to sort their shit out should be welcomed.
    This. I'm as bad as the next hypocrite, but Uber have some horrible practices.
  • RichDC 22 Sep 2017 11:42:19 7,553 posts
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    Uber do have a lot of shitty goings on, but this is hardly painting TFL in a great light either. Effectively telling 40,000 people they don't have a job next Friday.
  • Humperfunk 22 Sep 2017 11:45:27 7,015 posts
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    Expect another TFL price hike for their shit service in 3, 2....
  • mangojoe 22 Sep 2017 11:46:05 1,528 posts
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    Typical backwards England. Just back from a week in Krakow and used Uber mostly. Was so easy and quick and only costing around 2-3 pound each trip
  • whatfruitlivesagain 22 Sep 2017 11:47:07 550 posts
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    Uber have the right to appeal the ruling.

    I posit TFL are withholding a license to force Uber to change their practices as asking them nicely has not worked.

    Can TFL enforce a limit on the number of licensed uber taxis on the road?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 22 Sep 2017 11:49:13 9,889 posts
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    RichDC wrote:
    Uber do have a lot of shitty goings on, but this is hardly painting TFL in a great light either. Effectively telling 40,000 people they don't have a job next Friday.
    None of them are employed by Uber in the first place. That's just one of the many reasons this has happened.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 22 Sep 2017 11:50:32 9,889 posts
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    mangojoe wrote:
    Typical backwards England. Just back from a week in Krakow and used Uber mostly. Was so easy and quick and only costing around 2-3 pound each trip
    This honestly isn't a backwards step. It's unusually progressive in fact.
  • whatfruitlivesagain 22 Sep 2017 11:50:53 550 posts
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    @RichDC Or they could all go work for Lyft?
  • nickthegun 22 Sep 2017 11:52:20 71,935 posts
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    On the plus side, if you are after second hand Prius, it's now a buyer's market.
  • Load_2.0 22 Sep 2017 11:52:46 25,779 posts
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    Fucking hell, the idea of ringing a minicab office waiting 20 minutes and ringing again to chase them up is not appealing.

    Uber has benefited me massively.

    I am all for treating their drivers better but the safety issue is one which needs to be applied to the entire industry.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 22 Sep 2017 11:53:08 9,889 posts
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    whatfruitlivesagain wrote:
    @RichDC Or they could all go work for Lyft?
    They don't operate in London yet.
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