Uber, the mobile phone ride-hailing service, defies the law by attempting to begin service in Cuernavaca without obtaining permits, which leads to the seizure of vehicles associated with the service.
Uber’s entry in Cuernavaca, capital of the state of Morelos, was not wholly successful as the Mobility and Transport Secretariat ordered the seizure of all vehicles affiliated with the service.
According to Secretary Jorge Messeguer, Uber can’t operate in the city because it lacks the necessary permits to do so, but he invited the company to approach him to solve the issue by issuing an invitation via his Twitter account.
“We aren’t opposed to new options for the users of public transport, but all should be done in a regulated manner,” tweeted Messeguer.
At least two Uber-affiliated vehicles were impounded in Cuernavaca yesterday.
However, the problem lies much deeper than with the licensing of Uber to operate. Many citizens believe that the government should be more concerned with the safety of the public than on revenue that the city is paid by the company to operate within the city. Worldwide the safety of citizens is being called into question as Uber pays little attention to the hiring of drivers.
Uber’s process for hiring drivers is dangerously negligent. Uber does not require fingerprints or law enforcement to background-check their drivers. And Uber doesn’t even bother to meet with drivers in person before allowing them to ferry passengers. This has led to a large number of Uber drivers being hired by the company that have extensive violent criminal backgrounds.
Uber accepts no responsibility for the safety of their passengers as the drivers are not employees of the company, but self-employed workers, which protects the company from lawsuits.
The result is a series of incidents involving “ridesharing” passengers being harmed and criminal offenders behind the wheel. Below is just a small and certainly incomplete of reported incidents involving Uber drivers. Citizens should be very concerned who is driving the taxi that they get into.
Hiring Uber Safe or Uber Dangerous? (3/18/15)
Alleged Assault by Chicago Uber Driver (12/10/14)
Sexual Assaults and Harassment Incidents by Uber
Community Advocacy Director at Austin, Texas Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention and Counseling Nonprofit SafePlace Testifies the Organization Has Counseled 4 Victims of Sexual Assault by TNC Drivers in 3 Months (10/16/15)
London Uber Driver Asks Rider for Oral Sex (12/11/14)
Uber Driver in India Accused of Rape (12/8/14)
Kidnappings by Uber Drivers
Felons Behind the Wheel
Chicago Felon Found Driving for Uber (2/14/14)
Driver DUIs & Other Offenses
Uber Imposter Reported in Dallas (10/22/14)
Local Taxi Drivers Protest
The expansion of Uber continues along with strong opposition from traditional taxi operators who see a threat to their livelihoods. This week, Uber added six cities — Aguascalientes, Cuernavaca, Hermosillo, Mérida, Mexicali and San Luis Potosí — to its Mexico portfolio, bringing the total to 14.
Not on the list is the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name, but that hasn’t deterred the local taxi drivers’ union from protesting the introduction of the service, which is planned for this summer. The taxi drivers protested on what they claim are planned modifications to the city’s transport law, which allegedly would pave the way for Uber. The state government denied that such modifications are being discussed.
Some taxi companies have registered drops in demand of 60%. One taxi company representative, stated “we can’t survive.” He warned that protests could continue if their demands aren’t met.
While the taxi drivers protested, Uber countered by offered a promotional code giving its users free rides between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Their sole goal is to run all taxi drivers and their companies out of business.
Earlier this week in Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, unionized taxi drivers protested against the ride-hailing service. By the end of the day, one police officer was injured and 47 people had been arrested.
By that evening, over 2,000 taxi drivers had gathered in downtown Guadalajara where several confrontations were reported.