Did you know?
How much will a ride using Uber really cost you?
That depends on the driver who shows up to pick you up. Here are four myths about Uber (and ride sharing companies like them) that you owe it to yourself to check out…
Four Uber Myths Debunked
Weston mom gets the app-cab benefits from a safer, credentialed — and storied — local taxi service
Mrs. “D” recently called CTRideSafe for help finding a ride, safer than Uber, for her special-needs daughter. She needed a program where “Catherine” could travel without cash, after school, from Cannondale (Wilton) train station to their home in Weston. As it was, one Uber driver already took the vulnerable student’s phone, from her, to “help” her with something.
Mrs. D already knew the Uber drivers had only a name-based, third-party background check (43% chance of missing criminality) while the taxi drivers must hold a special endorsement on their drivers’ license earned with a government-based finger-print-anchored background, sex-offender and medial check. So she was grateful to learn that Westport Star Taxi has cashless accounts too.
Star has had house accounts since Connecticut regulators granted their operating permit back in the 1930’s. They can be reached at 203-227-5157. Feel free to ask for the owner Jerry Clancy — and tell them CTRideSafe referred you.
Be Safe: Call a Real Cab or Livery Service
Bona fide Connecticut taxi and livery service operators must first apply for and obtain a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. They are then issued special ‘taxi’ ‘livery’ or ‘interstate’ license plate markers.
Also, hire cars only with these plates to ensure they have at least $1.5 million for-hire auto insurance and are driven by fully vetted professionals…
How do companies get a plate like this?
If the applicant, at a hearing, can prove his additional fleet will not over saturate the market and that he’s of good character (clear criminality) as well as proves he is financially able to keep his fleet safe: ConnDOT grants authority for only a specified number of cars, for a given town. ConnDOT limits over-saturation because it has often caused dangerous drops in profit margins which quickly causes drivers to drive without sleep or without needed safety repairs.
Other important points to consider:
- Legitimate Connecticut taxies are inspected every two years; livery SUVs and vans are inspected upon registration.
- Chauffeurs and cabbies must pass a finger-print-based (99% accurate) background state and Federal check. Uber’s third-party checks, without biometric proof has a 43% chance of missing criminality.
- Chauffeurs and cabbies must pass a physical exam at least every two years to avoid passing out behind the wheel.
What about Uber?
- In thousands of jurisdictions including Connecticut, Uber chose to first purposely entice private drivers to drive without telling them about any of these requirements. Then, once authorities catch on, entice them to ‘complain’ that now having to follow the standing laws would do them monetary damage.
- Connecticut authorities, like so many others, ‘drank the cool aid’ and stood by while Uber stuffed 4,200 more cabbies into a market (Connecticut) previously able only to support 1,100 cabs safely. There are 22,000 more Uber cabbies just across the line in New York City that regularly swarm into Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich hoping for a few crumbs of dollars from left-over fares.
- This is causing legitimate carriers to stop operating cars which means if you need service in an under-served area (our requirement) or don’t have a smartphone and credit card, you will be out of luck.
 Their disclaimer actually does say they may be violating the law in their auto insurance contract. But apparently thousands of drivers didn’t read that fine print.
Uber in the news…
Naples woman victim of fake Uber driver
Uber driver charged following sexual assault of boy in Oshawa: police
Here’s a very large list of deaths, assaults, sexual harassments, etc:
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…