Why Uber may be losing the war on taxis | What’s next for the world’s biggest car company?
By Peter Sibylov | 01 January 2017 05:22:03Many taxi drivers say Uber and other ride-sharing services are forcing them out of business, driving up their prices and causing them to cut corners in services and safety.
The US Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the matter.
“It is time to end the business model that has made Uber such a profitable company and to move away from ride-share services that do not have a high level of safety,” said the chamber in a statement.
Uber, which is based in San Francisco, is not part of the lobbying group, but it has also been outspoken on its concerns.
“I do not believe that Uber should be a driver for hire,” Uber spokesman Adam Ludwin told The Wall Street Journal in April.
“I don’t think we should be making a business out of that.”
But in February, the company faced a barrage of criticism after a video showed the company’s drivers being verbally abused and assaulted.
The company’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has been a staunch critic of ride-hailing apps like Uber, and in recent months has called for a change in the way drivers are paid.
Uber has also come under fire for its use of the word “gig” to describe the amount of time drivers spend on the road.
The Uber driver union has also called on Uber to suspend driver services in states where it is banned.
Uber has rejected the union’s demands.
The union said Uber drivers were “the lowest paid employees in the industry” and “are being pushed out of the industry as the company cuts corners and abuses its drivers”.
Uber has said it has been working on safety measures to improve the safety of its drivers.
Uber said it would “make every effort” to improve safety and would “continue to work closely with the US Department of Transportation” and the states in which it operates to provide safe transportation for passengers and drivers.