Greg Turiya Liotta 
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Re: “Police stop Uber driver citing statewide ban

10 years ago, i was a law-abiding, hack-license carrying yellow cab driver for the great City of Charleston, South Carolina. I am now a happy Uber driver for another major (larger) city in the south west. It is night and day experience. What I can tell you from both experiences is that all the hoops they make you jump through in Charleston does NOTHING to make one a "safer" driver. Those laws do NOTHING for the customer. They do NOTHING for me as a driver except wipe me the fk out because, unless you own your own vehicle, the entire yellow cab system there is set up to capitalize off the drivers. The drivers PAY approx. $100 a day to RENT the car, which is usually falling apart, dirty, smelly, and unsafe. The driver has 12 hours to earn that money back, plus another $40 for gas, before returning the car. Many times i returned after 12 hours to PAY for the privilege of renting their broken down vehicle. Often times new drivers for Yellow Cab are hazed mercilessly by some pretty ugly human beings called dispatchers, who decide if they like you or not (depending on personal friendships & kick backs for priority fares dispatched). If you're new, you get the most broken down cars that are a hazard to the passengers. One dispatcher at the time (a woman) was so abusive over the radio, my passengers protested about her behavior in front of their small children. I quit before I was about to go in there and rip her head off. She wasn't worth jail time but I'd still relish the chance to face her. There was no "customer service" ethic in that company. Charleston folks wait for Yellow Cab drivers to show up when they feel like showing up, and when you're in that car, anything can happen, including getting kicked out if the driver doesn't like you. But all this legal nonsense, be assured folks: its got NOTHING to do with "protecting" the people. As an Uber driver, my passengers get a FAR better experience. They RATE me (and I rate them), which Uber keeps track of. Any time there is a problem, Uber asks me to provide written feedback. Uber's background check is no different than Yellow Cab. NO DIFFERENT. The customer has my name, photo I.D. and ratings in front of them, and they can cancel if they don't like it. Passengers can see EXACTLY how long it will take for me to get to them, and EXACTLY where I am on the map. I assure you, the yellow cab experience is a remnant from a 3rd World business model that cannot compare to Uber or Lyft. This legal thing is a last ditch desperation to keep a model that should have died years ago going. The sooner its gone, the quicker things will improve for people. This whole fiasco is about the city making $$. Typical.

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Posted by Greg Turiya Liotta on February 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM
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