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CT Insurance Warning
Connecticut Department of Insurance issues warning to people thinking about driving for transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber or Lyft.
Credentialed Professional Services Need You…
Downstate credentialed chauffeured services companies, together, may have as many as 75-100 openings.
Not only will most get you great pay and benefits but you won’t have to destroy your car, pay for a new luxury car, pay for the $5,000 for-hire insurance or come up with a third of your pay on tax day. You will likely be covered by workers compensation and unemployment insurance and be covered by a myriad of employment laws including paid sick days required by law.
For a list of credentialed professional taxi and livery service in Connecticut click here >> (link coming soon)…
Why Uber is a Scam – Math Explained
Here’s a screenshot that appears at 4:21 in the video, courtesy of NotCoolUber.com
In the News…
Even Uber Can’t Live Up to the Expectations It Set
In record time, “Uber for X” has gone from big-money venture-capital pitch to tired old joke. Everyone wants to write an app that disrupts some big industry. How many people are succeeding? Not many, argues Farhad Manjoo…
Uber Slashes Fares in Hartford. Drivers Strike…
HARTFORD — Drivers with Uber are pumping the brakes on the passenger service in Greater Hartford. The vast majority of drivers, dozens of them, are on strike for at least 24 hours after Uber informed them in the capital city area that it’s slashing fares by $0.40 per mile, from $1.50 to $1.10.
CityNews reporter Cristina Howorun tells us that one UberX driver is claiming he was left high and dry after the car he was riding in crashed.
Click on image at left to watch her video report.
Uber drivers are running on empty
Twenty-six-year-old Takele Gobena is part of the “on-demand” economy, working full-time as a driver for Uber and part time for Lyft. The Ethiopian immigrant quit his job at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and purchased a new car to drive for the ride-hailing firms, believing it would make him a better provider for his one-year-old daughter. Instead, Gobena now finds himself in debt and, after expenses, making well below minimum wage. But because Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, Gobena is not protected by minimum wage laws.
Uber Business Model Under Fire
Critics from across the political spectrum — from liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to a Republican member of the National Labor Relations Board — are signaling it may be time to overhaul regulations for companies that avoid paying benefits by classifying their workers as contractors.
Livery Chauffeurs Benefit from the House Car model too
Teddy’s Transportation System in Norwalk, Connecticut points out that they have a half-dozen professional chauffeurs that have come over from companies using independent operator models. The now ‘house’ drivers are all quick to say that while the weekly pay check was bigger before, it wasn’t by much. But with no expenses for maintaining a luxury car through 7,500 miles every month everyone’s disposable income is much better now. They’ve all been happy at Teddy’s for a long time now.
How Much to Uber Drivers Really Make?
In Baltimore, Lyft drivers appear to be making just $7.59 per hour. Minimum wage in Baltimore is $7.25. So technically they’re making $0.34 more than minimum wage. But they’re not making more than minimum wage at all. It’s a pretty good bet they spend more than $0.34 in gasoline per hour. They also have wear and tear and depreciation on their cars that will eat substantially into their 7.59 hourly earnings. In fact, I would bet they’re not making any money at all, they are probably losing money every hour they drive.
Do you want to help keep Connecticut roads safe?
While legislators across the country sit back and do nothing while laws are broken on a daily basis, companies like Lyft and Uber became more bold when it comes to recruiting drivers, circumventing laws and perpetuating insurance fraud.
Stand for a safer CT…