The popular livery and union-busting service Uber is catching heat in Brazil because its drivers keep getting robbed and murdered. This isn't the first time that the company has struggled with murder in its ranks. But holy crap, a recent report has some horrifying new details.
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Ingogo recently announced its new "fixed fares" platform for taxis, which is available from today. The bookings company says that uncertainty about cost is a major factor for passengers utilising ride-share services instead.
The recent legalisation of UberX in Australia was welcome news just before the New Year shenanigans, even if it came with a $1 temporary levy and a public $250 million handout to taxi drivers. And while it's come at an opportune time, that's not forgetting the fact that being legalised won't stop Uber's famous surge pricing from hitting over New Year's.
Understandably, the taxi association is rather proud of this fact and would like to crow about it.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission doesn't like iHail, the Aussie taxi-booking app proposed by a consortium of local taxi companies including Cabcharge. First, the app was rejected on grounds that it would be anticompetitive, unifying several of Australia's tightly regulated large taxi providers and giving them extra power against smaller competitors. (To say nothing of a level playing field with Uber.) Now, iHail's in hot water over payment methods and credit card surcharges.
In a sudden crackdown on ride sharing services like UberX, Roads and Maritime Services NSW announced on Sunday that it has issued 40 suspension notices to owners of vehicles found to be involved. Any suspended vehicle found on the road after October 1st will be considered unregistered and fined accordingly.
Weighing in on the ongoing UberX vs taxi debate, consumer advocacy group CHOICE today released the results of a report that pits both services against each other. Looking at factors like price, reliability and safety, CHOICE came out with a clear winner that will be entirely unsurprising to anyone living in the 21st century. UberX was found to be just as safe and reliable as your average taxi, and on average came out to be 40% cheaper.