Kind of ironic then that taxi cars are mostly dirty and in a state of disrepair, and the drivers drive like they ARE drunk. Seriously, these guys are meant to be professional drivers, they are the worst drivers on the road bar none. And this is from the perspective of both a passenger and a fellow road user - more often than not I see taxis pulling out without warning, failing to indicate etc., when I'm driving.butisitart said:get wrapped around a tree in an uber and find out how insured you aren't. nrma, suncorp etc won't insure cos they're not public transport vehicles.
uber drivers can go 0.05 alcohol cos a cop at an rbt isn't going to know that they're pretending to be a taxi. personally, i like to know that the guy driving me home is on 0.00, and i wouldn't be able to smell it on him if i've had a few.
cabs get a full machinery every 6 months. ubers don't. so you don't know what's under the bonnet.
cab drivers have to have had a licence for 5 years. ubers don't, so you get driven around by a 14 year old.
all cab drivers have a blue card. the occasional uber has.
you'd have to ask who'd drive an uber. uni students (too young to drive a cab, but they need to eat). guys on the dole not declaring it (good on you). cos an uber driver makes about the same per km as a cabbie driving for an owner. except the cabbie isn't then paying to run his private car as a cab. so if you were going to do it for a real job, you'd go and drive a cab and keep your own car to impress the girlfiend/boyfriend.
yep... cabs suck. uber sucks big time
It is generally the lowest of the low jobs, being a taxi driver. It was the Greeks two generations back, then Indians and now it is Africans. That is not meant to be a racist comment. It's just a fact (and a generalisation). Point being, it's a tough job, with little reward and a fair amount of risk - it doesn't attract the best candidates. People who know the roads. People who are competent drivers. People who have some level of personal hygiene and customer service. And this is probably due to the amount of money that gets tied up in license fees and absorbed by management.
Uber gets around this. Uber X doesn't have insurance (Uber Black does). But with taxis generally being so horrendous, most people (myself included) are willing to take the risk.