Behind the shiny veneer of Uber’s venture capital–backed technological innovation lies a time-tested business model: labor exploitation. Uber’s latest scheme is a new spin on the age-old practice of sharecropping. Struggling to find enough drivers willing to put miles on their own cars, Uber recently began offering subprime auto loans to would-be drivers, conveniently extracting…
via Uber’s car leasing program turns its drivers into modern-day sharecroppers — Quartz
Why would anybody want to do this? Although I just finished watching a Youtube video that states that Uber drivers make..drum roll please! $90K a year and that taxi drivers in New York only make $30K a year. I guess these figures are lies? I don’t know but if there are people who are willing to do this, I kinda think that would be on them. Personally, I would not use my personal vehicle as a taxi. But it is done all the time.
State-funded medical programs in most states pay for patients to get back and forth to doctor appointments and the drivers use their own personal car, and must pay a certain fee to be licensed to transport people, also keep up insurance, be drug-free and pass a physical. So, this is not unheard of. Oh and most don’t have health insurance. It’s getting bad, it really is.
You’re right. Those figures are lies. Steven Hill writes in detail how Uber drivers are screwed over in his book Raw Deal. https://stuartjeannebramhall.com/2016/01/15/the-ugly-truth-about-airbnb-uber-and-task-rabbit/
The only way drivers can make any money is by agreeing to be available during peak hours and then they have no guarantee of picking up a ride. Even worse management keeps altering the payment arrangements without advance notice. Most people who drive for Uber only do it as a last resort because they can’t find any other work.
Hill also explains that the whole idea of a taxi medallion system (in which cities license and set up taxi regulations) is to protect cab drivers from being exploited. Unions fought really hard for these protections. The $30K number is also ludicrous.
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