There’s a debate going on in many cities about which is the better transportation option; ride-sharing services like Uber, or traditional limousine and taxi services. For some people, the answer is obvious because they find Uber and Uber-like services easy, convenient and inexpensive. But the data shows a different picture, especially when it comes to safety concerns. No doubt, Uber and other cab services are affordable, but that doesn’t mean they are safer.
According to ‘Who’s Driving You?’, a public awareness initiative from the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), the number of incidents against Uber and Lyft drivers include 25 deaths, 60 alleged assaults, 226 alleged sexual assaults, 10 alleged kidnappings, 17 felons found behind the wheels and 52 cases of imposters.
There are many grounds on which cab and ridesharing services lag behind traditional airport limousines, leaving the door open to serious altercations. Let’s find out how.
1) Drivers Background Checks
According to The Walrus, drivers working for UberX, are not required to be present for a formal interview. The registration process is online, the training regime is limited to a 16-minute web video and payment is automatically transferred to bank accounts. Limo service chauffeurs on the other hand, go through a complete background check and are certified according to government norms.
2) Hotline Services
Uber and other similar transportation network services don’t offer any hotline number for riders to contact if they face any trouble during the ride. Unfortunately, this means that the rider must suffer through the abuse, assault or accident until the ride is over in order to ask for help. Unlike this Uber, some limo services (such as the Airline Limo Toronto app) have a hotline for its riders to contact and ask for help if they have any issues during the ride.
3) Professional Drivers
Ride sharing and transportation network services like Uber don’t have a stringent rule as to who can be a driver. It allows you to be a non-driving partner that is someone who owns a vehicle or vehicles and manages one or many drivers. Therefore, there’s no guarantee that the person behind the wheel is a professional driver or not. On the other hand, traditional limousine services hire professional drivers who are covered by a strict set of company rules and have many years experience in the industry.
Concerns over the safety of Uber-like services are troubling. Loopholes in the background check of drivers, absence of security features and unprofessional drivers are the reasons why traditional airline limo services are safer than ride-sharing services such as Uber.