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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Uber and Lyft are now legal in the county

Uber and Lyft are now legal in Miami-Dade County. Glad of that because I've been using Uber for a long time. Love the service. I mostly take it to the airport and I've used it for when my car is in the shop.

Yellow Taxi drivers are upset now, but I've never seen an Uber driver playing with his phone while driving, or texting and the Uber cars never smell so bad. I had to jump out of a yellow cab one time a the airport and take another because the car smelled so bad. I had to take the cab because Uber wasn't allowed to pick up people at the airport. Guess they can now.

Uber drivers talk to you, they offer you gum, candy and water; a little plus that's appreciated.

Commissioners feel that the most significant thing about this is that it helps yellow cab drivers in the long run by relieving them of expensive medallions. It was an endorsement by Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime. Their petition reads as follows:

“This moment of upheaval in the for-hire transportation industry presents an opportunity to design a system that actually works for the public, drivers and the County alike. The medallion system that requires taxi drivers to pay the lion’s share of what they earn to a middleman keeps drivers from being able to earn a decent living and unnecessarily keeps prices high for taxi customers. Drivers should be able to lease a non-transferable permit directly from the County instead of having to continue to pay unreasonably high amounts simply for the right to drive and work in Miami-Dade.”

Other Miami-Dade County Commissioners including Commissioner Rebeca Sosa spoke favorably of the idea as it seeks to give relief to the three-decade long servitude that seems to prevail in the taxicab industry. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Monestime will sign on as the co-prime sponsor of this idea as well. 

I wrote a story for the Huffington Post in 2014 - "Uber is my new favorite thing." You can read it here.

And you can sign up here, getting 20% off your first ride.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay - everyone loves UBER and LYFT !! Finally, leave it to the millennials to get these kind of things going leaving the inefficient taxi monopolies hanging.

May 04, 2016 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's yelling out cabbie, or calling a cab and getting a ride to where you're going be inefficient? Or a plane, or a bus, or a train? U call UBER or LYFT and do the same. I'm sure it's happened, but I've seen 2 recent videos where the passenger's attacked UBER drivers.

May 04, 2016 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 8:40. How about trying to get a taxi in west kendall - or actually any place phone. when you ask the dispatcher when will it come they say we don't know it depends when the driver accepts the call. You ask what if nobody wants to come out to west kendall or how will I know if they want to come here and accept the ride and are picking me up. They answer "you have to keep calling us back, it may be fifteen minutes or it may be an hour. We don't know". I said look at you watc -h its 2016 that's why you are going out of business. PS what's the last time you used a cab ? I had to use them when Broward was not allowed to have uber/lyft. Sheer stupidity. Some drivers don't even have GPS! And yes, I probably use the services 500 times a year - I don't drive and work all over South FLorida.

May 04, 2016 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:58, Anon 8:40 here, Sincerely sorry. You're correct to ask when was the last time I used a cab. I had just returned from Jamaica about 1970 and took a cab from Miami International to about Coral Way & Palmetto. The cabbie went to U.S. 1, then Sunset to get there. After departing the cab the driver remained in my driveway and yelled "You cheap MF"! I didn't know a tip was standard. The driver got out and blew up like a wild ape attempting to stare me down; is this what you meant? Jobie Steppe

May 05, 2016 7:36 AM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

What planet are you from. Tipping is and will always be normal. You are from where. cabbies in Miami have no manners never bring the luggage up to the door and honk all the time. They suck and unless you have a special phone number (My guy is Jeff from Jamaica) it is not worth the hassle with these guys.

May 05, 2016 1:47 PM  

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