Uber travel

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MSN Motoring: The incredible rise of Uber

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Uber founders: Garrett Camp (left) and Travis Kalanick

What started out as a simple idea seven years ago to get a ride around the city is now a business worth $62.5 billion (£44.6bn). In October 2010, UberCab changed its name to Uber and went live on the Android smartphone operating system. In mid-2011, Uber went live in New York City. Since then it’s provided 80,000 rides per day! In July 2012, Uber unveiled Uber X. Using hybrid vehicles like the Prius, rides are 35% cheaper than Uber’s original black car service. In late 2014 Uber launched UberPOOL, which gives users the option of splitting the ride and cost with another person on a similar route. There’s so much more….

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Uber – a mobile service where passengers can book rides – has become popular in Auckland and Wellington, and use of ride sharing apps is expected to become more common in the future.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 19:01, December 14 2015
Uber set to face tighter rules, but not in-car cameras, Govt recommends
By Hamish Rutherford
Uber could be forced to check drivers’ log books and vehicle safety, after the Government recommended forcing it to become an approved transport operator. However drivers which use the mobile platform to find passengers appear set to continue to operate without being forced to install in-vehicle cameras, which are required in taxis. A review of regulations covering small passenger services, released on Monday [14.12.15], acknowledged that the existing rules, developed in the 1980s, had not kept pace with changes in technology.

Uber, the US-based company which was recently valued at around US$62.5 billion (NZ$93.2b) slammed the Government’s proposals as counter to its role to “open up” the economy, and did nothing to reduce regulation.

….The emergence of Uber has raised a global battle with taxis, which tend to face more rigorous regulations. Uber maintains that it is not a taxi service, but instead simply a technology platform, linking passengers with drivers who are private contractors. On Monday the Government released a consultation paper recommending that instead of maintaining a two-tier system for taxis and private hire providers, it would create a new single class system, where operators are responsible for safety and compliance. It comes almost a year after Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced a review of the rules.
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Wikipedia: Uber (company)
Founded: March 2009; 7 years ago
Services: Taxi, vehicles for hire
Slogan: Where lifestyle meets logistics
Website: uber.com

Uber Technologies Inc is an American multinational online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. As of May 28, 2015, the service was available in 58 [today: 60] countries and 300 cities worldwide. Since Uber’s launch, several other companies have copied its business model, a trend that has come to be referred to as “Uberification”. Uber was founded as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and the app was released the following June. Beginning in 2012, Uber expanded internationally. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates. Klout ranked the San Francisco-based company as the 48th-most powerful company in America in 2014. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion. Cont/

█ The legality of Uber has been challenged by governments and taxi companies, who allege that its use of drivers who are not licensed to drive taxicabs is unsafe and illegal.

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### ODT Online Sun, 20 Mar 2016
Residents on board with petition
The wider Green Island community is jumping on board in its support for changing the controversial Concord bus routes. A petition will be presented to the Otago Regional Council next Wednesday.
Greater Green Island Community Network co-ordinator Lynda Davidson said the petition, which has more than 300 signatures, asked the ORC to consider returning the Concord bus system to its original route through South Dunedin, while also keeping some of the express services direct to the University of Otago. […] Without the direct routes, people wanting to get to South Dunedin had to bus into the central city and then catch another bus south, which was taking longer and also costing people more.
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14 responses to “Uber travel

  1. Diane Yeldon

    Virtually instant internet and mobile communications can make previously undreamed of win/win arrangements of economic benefit possible. However, they challenge current business conventions. When a cheaper, more convenient way of addressing a need or supplying a demand arises, particularly through new technology like Uber, current operators claim it’s not fair because the competition is taking ‘short cuts’. But it might be more useful to look at why other providers have to go the long way round, resulting in services being more expensive to the users.

    It’s a worry that central government’s concern with ‘occupational health and safety’ (and just as much with ‘non-occupational’ health and safety) already seriously limits citizens’ choices about how they live their lives and also how they can afford to live their lives. Having to have public liability insurance (very expensive), pay provisional tax (tough in the first year of being self-employed) and comply with many regulations kills off small scale economic activity. But this is likely to contribute significantly to the overall economy, the money earned being spent again. I think a good argument can be made to make a tax and regulation-free lower threshold for any kind of economic activity so as not to discourage entrepreneurial people and kill off the possibility of something that could be big before it has even had a chance to grow.

    Sounds pretty radical but not as radical as this: https://decorrespondent.nl/541/Why-we-should-give-free-money-to-everyone/20798745-cb9fbb39
    An argument that the poor are poor simply because they don’t have enough money! Backed up by experimental results. Which can be read as a supporting argument for a universal income. Certainly past attempts to ‘create jobs’ have been dismal failures both at central government and (definitely) local government level. I don’t think it’s possible to ‘create jobs’ – is just words. But it’s possible to satisfy demand which already exists but only if people have the money to pay.

    • Elizabeth

      ASIDE

      Mon, 21 Mar 2016
      ODT Labour considers ‘universal basic income’ policy
      All adult New Zealanders could be given a Government handout of at least $200 a week under a new policy being considered by the Labour Party. The co-leader of a global network promoting a “universal basic income”, British professor Guy Standing, will be a keynote speaker at a Labour conference on “the future of work” in Auckland this week. He said a system “where every legal resident of New Zealand should be entitled to a modest monthly basic income” would reduce inequality and give some security to people who increasingly have to earn a living from insecure casual and short-term work.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        This would save a fortune in WINZ time and admin.

        • Elizabeth

          An older thesis (15.8.08) –
          https://universitydiary.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/social-benefits-universal-or-targeted/ [Scotland]

          As society becomes more prosperous and fairer, universal benefits become much more questionable. The major priorities of social policy then change: they should no longer be directed towards transforming society as a whole, but rather to target those pockets in society which have still not caught up. If universal benefits are used to do this, it means providing very substantial resources to the 80 per cent who do not need them in order to assist the 20 per cent who do. The result of that in turn is that the taxpayer has to find very large sums of money in order to achieve, in material terms, quite modest objectives. Therefore, for reasons of affordability, the resources that reach the needy are often totally inadequate.

        • photonz

          It’s a ludicrous idea. Giving $200 a week to 3.5m adults would cost nearly $40 billion a year.

          That would need an extra $18,000 in tax from every worker.

          Current social welfare payments are $21 billion, and most of that would have to continue, on top of the $40 billion. (350,000 working age people are on a benefit, and about double that on a pension – so effectively they’d be giving a benefit to 400% more people than those currently getting one).

          Sounds like more of a “brain fart” than a policy.

      • Diane Yeldon

        Photonz: that amount of government expenditure would have effects on the ecomony that cannot be considered in isolation. For example, if all of the additional income were to be spent, then GST take would be increased by $50 billion (an 1/8 of the original expenditure). Businesses would be stimulated by the increased expenditure. Social welfare costs would go down in terns of direct expenditure, administration, surveillance and enforcement. ‘Ambulances at the bottom of the cliff’ are likely to be less needed and so public expenditure on them less. And people’s physical and mental health are likely to be improved since they would be able to afford to take time out instead of suffering burn out trying to keep the wolf from the door. Likely to be fewer accidents too because people make mistakes when tired and stressed out. Government expenditure on health, both physical and mental is huge. So is expenditure on at risk children, adolescents and young adults. New Zealand has a very high proportion of young adults, particularly males both in prison and/or suicidal. Prisons and the court system are great public costs. It the population generally had more time due to a universal income, more social capital built up by volunteers could be expected. A ‘buddy’ or a mentor can make the world of difference to a young person at risk. Such programs increase chances of educational success. A large proportion of New Zealand children are being raised in poverty by parents who are time-poor as well as short of money. A universal income would give parents greater choice about being hands on care-givers of their own children. All kinds of artists would have greater chances of working, enriching society.
        We already have ‘income re-distribution’. And historically over time it has increased. Families where two parents are working get extra income to support children – and this is more ‘income re-distribution in the public interest’ than ‘individually targetted social welfare’. Universal income can be seen as a continuation of the same trend and a building of social capital, not as a crazy handout for the lazy and feckless. Depends whether you think people are basically good and want to contribute to society. Or whether you believe they must have the big stick behind them to prevent things from falling apart. I think there’s plenty of experimental evidence for the first.

  2. Diane Yeldon

    But there is strong evidence that society is not becoming more prosperous and fairer. The 99% generally are not happy: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/16/inequality-happiness-rich-getting-richer-poor-wellbeing-life-satisfaction

  3. Uber: Super, Wonderful (Ger). Taxi above all others. Uber alles. Ubermensch: Superman. Common greeting: ‘Morning Uber (Super)’, ‘Morning Uber (Wonderful)’.

  4. Gurglars

    Uber quoted me $50 from Auckland airport to Mission Bay.
    A local taxi company charged me $40. It is a distance of about 20km.

    The main component is an ex-airport charge.

    What right or moral right does an airport have to charge you to get home from an airport? Had I used Uber it would have cost me more to get from Auckland airport to Mission Bay than to get from Dunedin Airport to Auckland airport.

    It is these inordinate “taxes” charged by monopolies that we should stand against, just like rates they are theft from the people in order to pay unemployables overpaid salaries.

    Put up a sign – no one is worth more than $2500 per week. That is $500 per day.

    In most cases in Dunedin we are paying the highest salaries to the greatest failures.

    Head of the SDHB (commissioner appointed)
    Commissioner (no sign of any improvement)
    Head of Delta (no contribution to DCC, involved in at least three significant total fails in land development, a business for which the only expertise came from cross directorships)
    Head of the DCC (in charge of $650 million worth of debt, employing more staff and having a huge potential liability of interest rate swaps hanging over ratepayers’ heads)

    The only conclusion one can make is that in order to increase your salary in the public service it is vitally important to ensure ever increasing poverty amongst ratepayers and taxpayers.

  5. Elizabeth

    Otago Heritage Bus rocks ~~~!!!

    Tue, 22 Mar 2016
    ODT: Petition on bus service to be delivered to ORC — by bus
    What better way to make your point about the bus service than by riding in a special bus to make your submission? That is what members of the Greater Green Island Community Network plan to do this week, in their campaign to reinstate a multi-stop No70 “local” bus linking Brighton and South Dunedin. The network is backed by the Bus Go Dunedin bus users support group….

  6. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wed, 23 Mar 2016
    Bus petition presented to ORC
    Green Island bus users had their voices heard this morning, as they called on the Otago Regional Council to reinstate a popular route. Community members presented a petition to the council, asking for the return of a Brighton to Abbotsford service. And the response was positive.
    Ch39 Video

  7. Elizabeth

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016
    ODT: Big changes for taxi industry
    The taxi industry is set for its biggest shake-up in 30 years following the announcement of sweeping changes that will bring its drivers and those from rival Uber under the same rules. The Government claims the move will make these services safer for passengers. […] Mr Bridges said the reform was a necessary response to changes in the industry including new technology and services, and to ensure the sector was competitive and delivering maximum benefit to consumers. The new system has to go through regulatory process before it become laws with changes likely to be introduced in 2017. Source: NZ Herald

  8. Elizabeth

    Woops, unregulated Uber delivering what customers want, with less safety and assurance !!!

    6:02 pm on 4 July 2016
    RNZ News : Chch taxi drivers claim massive income drop
    Cab drivers in Christchurch say their incomes have plummeted 30 to 50 percent since the arrival of the alternative taxi service, Uber. […] “At the end of the day it’s just a race to the bottom. It’s also driving costs out of the business but the business still has to be sustainable, you still have to make a living. Otherwise you’ll wake up to Uber lawyer, Uber plumber, Uber electrician and Uber teacher.”

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