Sorry, fell asleep a bit on this one guys.
I'll accept Sirnick's amendment as friendly.
I would refer everyone to the events transpiring in Sydney where Uber quadrupled their base rate to $100 for the area surrounding the hostage situation. Could you imagine something happening like that during the events of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, for example? Secondly, I'm sure you have all seen the allegations in India and Chicago of Uber drivers raping passengers; without attempting to act as a court of law here, surely this compromises part of the company's prized confidence in their drivers.
In response to these incidents, I am opposed to the bill.
The rape incident is problematic, but it seems like a jump to conclusions to fault Uber for this. For instance, part of the India problem is that Uber's outfit in India is shoestring
From what I understand, Uber does driver background checks in the United States, but not in India. It was probably a "tough nut to crack." I wonder if because of that, it was simply not cracked, despite the obvious problems it creates in addressing customers' core requirements in India.
This may be because India itself has an ineffective criminal justice system. Rape is a serious problem in India in general.
In Delhi, taxi services are notoriously bad, with fraudsters easily circumventing weak licensing standards. Plus, India’s criminal records — which background checks rely on — are themselves unreliable.citation
India’s justice system is weak on sexual assault, anyway. The alleged-rapist driver likely should have been in jail already for similar, previous crimes. Delhi’s police now call him a “psychotic criminal” who likely committed unreported rapes before. Another passenger — a US-based woman — said she had a creepy experience with him last month.
With regards to the Chicago case, there are instances of regular taxi drivers assaulting passengers.
I'll agree that price gouging is fool-hardy policy and not good for PR. What hasn't been mentioned here is that Uber's pricing is actually automatic.
Uber institute the policy of surge pricing to help best connect drivers to potential passengers during high-demand times, like holidays or sporting events. Uber doesn't hide when surge pricing is in effect and it kicks in automatically as needed. No one "turns it on." During the attack in Sydney, then, it makes sense that surge pricing would go into effect automatically as there was a surge of people who wanted to use the service.
In other words, the price of Uber cabs fluctuate in response to demand. This isn't unique to Uber. For instance, it's cheaper to fly on a Wednesday than it is to fly right before a holiday.