For a few years now, you’ve been able to hail an Uber on Long Island. However, there’s a strong possibility that you’re not entirely familiar with the company’s dark side.
Is Uber on Long Island Legal?
However, illegal operations aren’t the only thing that has caused Uber’s value to drop in recent months. The riding public has plenty of other valid grievances against the ride-hailing app.
Other Issues with Uber
Ever since the company’s inception, there has been a palpable conflict between Uber’s “upfront pricing” narrative, and complaints levied by passengers who have been ripped off.
This conflict came to a climax in May 2017, when a federal class-action lawsuit was filed against Uber.
The complaint, filed in Brooklyn federal court, argues that New York City UberX riders are charged a fare that is an average of $1.98 higher than the initial price they’re given when they hail a ride. That gives Uber an additional $7.43 million per month in unearned revenue.
Shoddy Background Checks
Perhaps the biggest difference between Uber and traditional cab companies is the background check process.
Traditional taxicab drivers are required by law to undergo governmental, fingerprint-based background checks that scan for any criminal offense they committed in their lifetime.
Uber and Lyft, on the other hand, are not bound by local or state law in many places. Thus, they only require their drivers to pass name-based background checks, which are wildly inaccurate compared to governmental, fingerprint-based checks.
To put that into perspective: in November 2016, Uber and Lyft agreed to let the state of Massachusetts run its own background checks on their drivers. Over 8,000 out of 70,000 drivers failed to meet the state’s standards and were banned from driving.
That’s not to say that traditional cab drivers are perfect. But if over 10 percent of Uber and Lyft drivers can’t even pass the same background checks as taxi drivers, traditional cabs appear to be the safer choice.
More Sexual Assaults in the Warmer Months
Who’s Driving You, a public awareness campaign that highlights the risks of using Uber and Lyft, has been compiling incidents involving the ride-hailing giants since 2013. They’ve noticed an uptick in sexual assaults by drivers against passengers during the summer months.
Coincidentally, the summer of 2017 will mark Uber and Lyft’s first legal foray into the Long Island market. This is a fact all passengers should keep in mind if they plan on using a ride-hailing app.
There are hundreds of documented instances of Uber and Lyft drivers harming passengers. However, it’s unnecessary to list them all. Our goal is not to drive away competition, but to help you make a safe choice when it comes to using Uber on Long Island.