Thursday, March 31, 2016

Just take a look at how slick and manipulative the Uber taxi brokerage is.... consider their promotion, "Limited-time guarantee: Earn $4,700/mo* in Toronto" So far as I can tell this is a new Uber campaign, and is timed to coincide with the proposed regulations for ride-sharing services and the taxi industry Toronto municipal licensing staff will release next week. Note the asterisk*. That refers to the fine print. Here is the fine print: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Offer is subject to change. Partner will be eligible for the guarantee amount in effect upon signup. Partner must be online in Toronto during the incentive period to qualify for the guarantee. Partners must drive a minimum of 40 hours per week to be eligible for the guarantee. Partner must take first trip within 30 days of signup to be eligible for guarantee. Once a partner takes a first trip, the guarantee will last for full four weeks (i.e. 28 days). To qualify for this offer, partner must complete at least 2 trips per hour. Trips per hour (TPH) is calculated by taking your total number of completed trips in a given incentive period divided by the total number of hours that you were online during that same incentive period. First month guarantees are paid weekly (for a period of four weeks). First month guarantees begin the Monday (at 4AM) after a partner's first trip. To qualify for this offer, partner must maintain a 90% acceptance rate over all hours driven. Your acceptance rate is calculated by taking the total number of trip requests that you accepted during the incentive period divided by the total number of trip requests that were sent to you during that same incentive period. To qualify for this offer, partner must maintain a completion rate of 25%. Completion rate is calculated by taking your total number of completed trips in a given incentive period divided by the total number of trip requests that you received in the given incentive period. To qualify for this offer, partner must maintain a 4.5 rating. Guaranteed amounts are average gross fares, and include the Uber service fee. Booking Fee and tolls are not included in the guaranteed amount. We reserve the right to withhold or deduct payments that we determine or believe were in error, fraudulent, illegal, or in violation of driver terms or these terms. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A couple of Uberpeople.net members commented on the program. Biozon said, "To many conditions." (sic) A second one chimes in, "Aaaand what about protecting our butts?? Some of us signed on with Aviva because we don't want to screw our future. I may work in T. this summer depending on job circumstances or London. Uber is asking anyone who protected themselves with Aviva's insurance to blow it. No thanks." A friend of mine, who drives for Uber because the City of Hamilton suspended his taxi driver's license, for alleged non-compliance with taxi regulations (duh!), has also told me that Uber's guaranteed earnings campaigns are impossible to, uhm, comply with. Ergo.... an Uber driver can almost never meet the stated conditions.... either there are not enough trips or the app crashes throwing him offline. But what I find most significant about this Uber campaign is the condition that its "partners," - " must drive a minimum of 40 hours per week to be eligible for the guarantee." 40 hours per week. In spite of the fact that the new Aviva "ridesharing" policies are only valid for Uber cabbies who drive no more than 20 hours per week. Uber surely knows this. They also know that almost none of their partners are carrying proper taxi insurance. The conclusion is that Uber is knowingly incentivizing its cab drivers to take serious risks with respect to their insurance coverage. And not only that, Uber is knowingly subjecting a naive and unsuspecting public to the risks of inadequate insurance coverage. And in spite of all of THAT.... politicians are all busy re-writing the taxi bylaws to give Uber costless entry into the taxi market that will devastate the existing fleets of fully insured taxis. You can't make this stuff up.



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