Protect the Public from illegal Ride-sharing apps
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Our concern is that illegal ridesharing apps are ignoring the Government’s regulations and directions at the expense of public safety. We would like to ask for your public support to ensure existing taxi industry regulations continue to be upheld and that ride-share apps are forced to comply with them or be shut down completely. We think it is important to support candidates that are advocating for local small business who pay TAXES as well as safety within the community:
Ride-sharing apps are unlawful, unsafe and uninsured.
• Only taxis meet Government regulations designed to protect the safety of customers.
• Taxi drivers undergo DAILY criminal checks, ride-share drivers don’t. You don’t know who is behind the wheel.
• Taxi fares are fixed. Ride-sharing apps will charge you up to 10 x the normal rate (or more) in busy times - known as surge pricing. This is a rip-off. This happened in the Martin Place terrorist attack.
• Driving for a ride-sharing app is ILLEGAL, your car is uninsured (despite what the ride-share companies will tell you) and you will risk being fined.
• The taxi industry WELCOMES competition. But not at the expense of customer safety.
• Existing regulations must apply to ALL. Including rideshare apps.
• Taxis have security cameras and are GPS monitored continually. Ride-sharing cars are private cars with no security measures. If the driver turns off their phone no one will know where you are.
They don't care about those in wheelchairs as they don't want to serve them. Uber is banned in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The Philippines, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Untied States, due to increases in passenger safety.
Uber uses an automated algorithm to increase prices to "surge price" levels, responding rapidly to changes of supply and demand in the market, The practice has often caused passengers to become upset and invited criticism when it has happened as a result of holidays, inclement weather, or natural disasters.During the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis, Uber implemented surge pricing, resulting in fares of up to four times normal charges.
Sabotage against competitors
Uber on January 24, 2014 asked employees to deliberately order rides from established competitors, only to cancel them later. The purpose of the fake orders was two-fold: wasting drivers' time to obstruct legitimate customers from securing a car, and offered drivers incentives—including cash—to join Uber.
A Us Senator stated that Uber company had a "troubling disregard for customer privacy" and that he was "especially troubled because there appears to be evidence of practices inconsistent with the policy.Concerns have been raised about internal misuse of the company's data, in particular the ability of Uber staff to track the movements of its customers, known as "God Mode". In addition to the aforementioned use of the service to track journalists and politicians, a venture capitalist disclosed in 2011 that Uber staff were using the function recreationally and viewed being tracked by Uber as a positive reflection on the subject's character.
We urge you to raise this issue in Parliament and with all your colleagues as a matter of public importance.
Your attention to this issue would be greatly appreciated and We look forward to hearing from you.
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