It’s no secret that Atlanta is a tough place to get around when you don’t have a car. It’s an understatement. Recently a new concept emerged which brings job opportunities and gives Atlantans an alternative to our antiquated taxicab system. It’s called Uber: an app for your smartphone which has streamlined the process of paying for a ride to and from anywhere in the metro area. Now you don’t have to find phone numbers for one of the multiple traditional taxi cab services. You don’t have stand in line and wait for a smelly cab with an impersonal driver. You don’t have to carry cash or guess how much a ride will cost.
By using the Uber app, a nice car is guaranteed minutes away after a few taps on your phone. Cash does not exchange hands and tipping is discouraged.
Recently, the taxicab industry successfully lobbied several Georgia State Representatives into introducing anti-consumer legislation aimed at stopping the current Uber model. HB #907 will take away our option for a reliable, alternative way of getting around the city.
We can’t allow the taxi industry to force its outdated service on the people of metro Atlanta. Please contact your local State Representative and urge them to vote NO on HB #907.