You can always tell when Uber and Lyft are surging: the cars bearing their trade dress begin racing through the streets and driving even more erratically than usual.
It’s all part of the process. As demand spikes and dynamic pricing kicks in, Uber/Lyft drivers are desperate to take advantage of the higher rates, as well as complete more rides to earn power bonuses and incentives.
Driving for Uber and Lyft is like playing a video game. The more rides you give, the more money you make. Obviously. But during peak times, rides are worth even more. Get enough of them and you can double your earnings.
During rush hour, though, you can only move so fast. So when last call rolls around, the empty streets provide a perfect opportunity for drivers to chase the surge. And that’s when things get out of control.
John Han recently interviewed several San Francisco taxi industry leaders and taxi drivers about how to level the playing field with Uber and compiled the video below.
Of course it all comes down to regulation.
The fact is, taxi drivers CHOOSE to follow the rules, even though there is no one to enforce the laws.
TNC drivers, on the other hand, are encouraged by the Uber and Lyft to embrace the arrogance of “disruptive” culture and break the law. While they may actually think they are doing something worthwhile, they are nothing but scofflaws.
If TNCs were to compete with taxis on the same playing field, the results would be embarrassing and they would expose Uber and Lyft users as the hypocritical assholes they are.