I suggest you get a few more facts - Uber. & Lyft both provide full insurance coverage whenever one of their drivers is logged in.
As is often the case with censorship, Papp has brought a lot more attention and scrutiny to the Harris House issue than if he had let the work stand. I am certain this was not his intention. He no doubt hoped that by removing the work, the contraversy would stay off the radar. Sorry to burst your bubble Mr. Papp. but that ain't going to happen now. And his lame rationalization for its removal just makes his case even more weak.
Funny how red state anti-big government politicians from small towns suddenly see more government as the answer to what is essentially a brilliant free market solution? Ask yourself how much money is flowomg into these guys campaigns courtesy of the taxi industry?
While bad for sure, the Uber story on NPR strikes me as disingenuous. Out of many 10s of 1000s of Lyft & Uber rides in the past year, this is one tragic incident. I'd be willing to bet the taxis can't boast such a record.
Lots of love being thrown to Uber over here, but let's not forget Lyft! From a rider's perspective, Lyft and UberX are remarkably similar and equally affordable (except perhaps when Uber kicks in their double and triple "surge" pricing). A savvy Atlanta rider will likely have both apps.
As a driver for both, I prefer the Lyft sense of community and camaraderie amongst it's drivers. We're a team who have each other's - and our passenger's backs. But you can't go wrong with either service.
As far as this "donation to avoid taxes" bunk - hey, we get 1099s and have to file Schedule C on our Lyft and Uber earnings, so please don't speak of that which you don't know.
I've been driving for Lyft (and occasional UberX) since October (and BTW, Lyft doesn't engage in the same "surge" pricing as Uber). The consistent refrain from my riders is that the taxi situation in this city is abysmal, for the all of reasons cited above and then some. The Taxi companies energies would be better focused on revising their own business model and level of customer service, than in running for legislaitve protections.
The other villian in this story is the horrendous state of public transportation in this city. I've had many riders tell me that Lyft has actually made a carless lifstyle viable in Atlanta.
Cobb County is not Atlanta. They should really drop the "A" from their logo. From here on out they're the Marietta Braves.
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