Uber is an app for smart phones that connects people needing a ride, to drivers who are prepared to give them that ride. If you are a potential Uber passenger, all you need to have is a smart phone which has had the app downloaded to it and a debit or credit card from which you can pay for the ride. If you are a driver with a valid driver’s licence and want to make some extra money, all you have to do is download the app to your phone and then register as an Uber driver. As an Uber passenger you will have the convenience of ordering a ride via the app and the further convenience of not having to have cash to pay for it. If you are an Uber driver, you can make yourself available whatever hours you choose and accept only the passengers you wish to; to only places you don’t mind taking them. This all seems to be a win/win situation for everybody and as it was a huge success in the United States, it soon caught on internationally and today Uber is available in many countries in Europe and the rest of the world. Although a win/win situation for both passengers and drivers, the more traditional taxi drivers were losing business and are now complaining. To many people, the regular, more traditional taxi drivers’ complaints are understandable but just a matter of progress and the taxi drivers will have to get used to it. However, some of the taxi drivers’ complaints have are serious and are starting to be taken seriously by many people, some of whom are in positions to stop Uber from operating in their areas of authority. The complaints that have come to some people’s attention are in regards to licences and insurance. Currently in most countries, it is necessary for traditional taxi drivers to take special driving tests and have their vehicles licenced to carry fare paying passengers, whereas Uber drivers need neither of these. A valid point but one that any local authority could easily get around however, the matter of insurance is not as easily solved. Usually for any vehicle that expects to carry fare paying passengers, there needs to be insurance that covers injuries to those fare paying passengers which, regular car insurance does not. As Uber drivers had not been required to take out special insurance, their passengers may not be covered should they get injured.
Uber has become very popular and with a top uber promo code allowing new passengers to get their first ride free or at least far cheaper, they are getting new customers all the time. This means that any local authority that bans Uber; will face some harsh responses. Because of this, it is unlikely that Uber will get banned, merely told that their drivers must upgrade their car insurance before carrying passengers. This extra expense for the drivers may well be passed on to the passengers with higher fares being levied but, to most passengers, the convenience of Uber will be worth the extra cost.