The rideshare industry is booming and doesn’t look to be stopping or slowing down anytime soon.
Through the use of their smart phone app, these rideshare services, the giants Uber and Lyft, provide quicker and cheaper rides throughout every major city in the United States. It is almost hard to not spot an Uber or Lyft when you’re driving on today’s changing roads.
And people love technology in today’s world, ridesharing enhances that. Nearly everyone has a smartphone on them at all times so ordering a ride is simple.
They also give drivers an opportunity to earn some extra money on the side, giving them the option to drive where they want and when they want all in their own vehicle.
But the rideshare industry has their issues, particularly with the two largest services, Uber and Lyft. These issues include added traffic and congestion throughout major cities, children using them, potential crime and unhappy drivers.
For starters, arguably the biggest rideshare issue is congestion and the call against these services from city officials and taxi-cab companies.
Uber and Lyft are a great way to get around, giving people a cheaper and more convenient ride, and they are available essentially everywhere. And that has turned into a problem. The amount of drivers Uber and Lyft currently have on the road is forever increasing.
With new drivers signing up every day, Uber and Lyft bring unwanted congestion and traffic to these major cities, causing headaches for city officials and regular commuters who use their own vehicles.
Uber and Lyft drivers are often found double parking waiting for their passengers, they also preform U-turns and other illegal driving patterns while trying to rush for their next passenger and earn more money.
A solution for Uber and Lyft is to set a cap for the number of drivers they have at a reasonable amount. Another solution would be for city officials to finally tax Uber and Lyft much like they do for taxi-cab companies which will even the playing field.
Children using Uber and Lyft is also a growing issue.
A common trend these rideshare drivers are seeing is young teens or children using their parents apps to order rides. So a parent will order an Uber through their own account but the driver will be taking the kid instead of the adult.
As this trend has been brought more into light, it has to be questioned whether or not these rideshare services are doing enough to combat underage use.
Uber and Lyft have policies that people under 18 cannot get or use their app, but some parents have found a loophole and this can be dangerous for the child.
Even though some Uber or Lyft drivers know that their passengers are underage, they still want the money and will give them the rides. One driver for these services estimated that almost a third of her rides are given to those who are underage and unaccompanied by an adult.
This is a dangerous situation because even as big as they have gotten and how much we rely on these rideshare services, they are still strangers. Instead of parents taking their kids to the movies or even to school, they are letting Uber and Lyft do that for them. Parents need to realize the potential risks and harmful situations that can occur by sending a minor through these services alone.
Even though we trust them, rideshare services also bring a possibility of crime and danger along with their rides. While you are able to see the car model and driver, along with their rating, bad things can still happen.
In the past, people have hung around near bars or college campuses posing as rideshare drivers to try and get the unsuspecting victim in their car. It is so important to see who your driver is and what kind of car they have and if you are comfortable riding with them.
The drivers are also vulnerable to being assaulted, robbed, punched and having any number of crimes happen to them. Many drivers have chosen to install cameras in their vehicles, for the safety of themselves and their passengers.
But drivers are still unhappy with their respected services, with Uber drivers found to be more unhappy when compared to Lyft.
Drivers have voiced their complaints about Uber skimming off the top of their rides, charging passengers more while not paying drivers the full amount. Uber has started to work more with their drivers in the past few months, even allowing passengers to tip their drivers now as well as adding a 24-7 support system and other safety systems.
While no one can dispute the popularity of these rideshare services, the growth is not as favorable in the eyes of many. Uber and Lyft need to do a better job at monitoring the amount of drivers they have as well as their drivers and passengers behaviors during their trips.
But at the same time, rideshare services do a lot of good. They help get people home from a night of drinking, they help give rides to the elderly, disabled and even assist those who cannot get to their medical appointments.
Uber and Lyft have opened the door for nearly everyone to get around.
The major rideshare services won’t go anywhere anytime soon but they should expect city officials to increase efforts to level the playing field and try to fix the issue of congestion that they cause throughout major cities.
More cars on the roads means more accidents and angry drivers which means driving is more difficult for everyone. Rideshare services also need to do a better job of combatting underage usage as well as keeping their drivers and passengers safe and happy.
While they have issues, the rideshare industry is still expanding and remaining strong throughout the United States and looks to continue to do so.