Hello, and thank you for stopping by to read my blog. This is my first blog on this website. I have done extensive blogging on other websites I own in the past and hope I can make a little difference here also.
***DISCLAIMER*** The opinions, thoughts, statements and feelings that I post on these blogs are mine (Lance Greene) and mine only. In no way, shape or form do they reflect the opinions or feelings of Bat’s Taxi & Town Car Service of St. Pete Beach, FL.
My Thoughts and Feelings on Uber & Lyft
This is a sensitive subject for many. It is pretty simple for me.
Positive competitive competition is good, negative harmful competition is bad.
Positive competition makes everyone else step up their game a bit and work harder. Nothing wrong with that.
It does not bother me at all that UBER & LYFT are around or trying to do business. I think it is a great concept and welcome it. Why? Because they both have a very specific clientele. I am not after their clientele and do not desire to attract their clientele. I welcome it and also hope they step up and play by the rules or at least some of them.
My main concern is, I believe all companies, drivers and vehicles for hire that transport people should have to go through the same Level 2 Background checks and vehicle inspections that we have to pay for and go through here in Hillsborough County and also the Police Background check that we have to go through and pay for with the St. Petersburg, FL. Police Department.
Just like any other business, when there is something new out there our current clients may go and try it out of curiosity. That is just business and the nature of people and that is perfectly alright. I have always found, once they try the “new thing” they will typically come back.
The “UBER APP” for smart devices is quite the app, it is impressive. Cannot deny that. It is obvious by all the other transportation companies trying to come up with and implement something like it.
Worth of over $40 Billion?? Why does any transportation company need to be worth THAT much? Seems weird to me.
In the beginning it seemed drivers were making great money ($$$). Now I am hearing quite the opposite. If drivers are not able to make decent money then they will not be able to maintain themselves (hygiene) or their vehicles properly (which they own). That is a simple fact.
You the customer might think you are getting a great deal/price for your ride………and you absolutely are. The thing is, depending on where you are, your driver may be starving.
That, is not cool……….Not Ever.
I subscribe to the “Coffeehouse” mentality……..everyone should share in the business and feel comfortable referring around. Spread the wealth so to speak.
I have been shown what the rates are from the Tampa International Airport to St. Pete Beach, FL for UBER and I am telling you customers that those drivers are NOT making any money on those runs. THAT once again is NOT cool. Not now, not ever. Please keep in mind, the UBER & LYFT drivers are using their own personal cars and have to maintain and service everything about that car. In addition, ALL of us drivers typically pay for all the gasoline, car washes and roadway tolls.
So, please, next time you hire a vehicle to take you somewhere, please keep all this in mind. It is important, very important.
Bottom line, if the drivers are Level 2 background checked and vehicles inspected……..
Have at it UBER & LYFT!
I welcome your competition.
Lance Greene – Professional Limo Driver – Level 2 Background Check Passed and Approved