Uber or taxi? Is that the question?

You need to get from A to B. You don’t have a car and you can’t use public transport. Do you catch a taxi or a private car? Do you hail a taxi or do you ride-hail?

THE TAXI INDUSTRY VS THE RIDE-HAILING INDUSTRY

Well, in Spain and other countries around the world, you don’t have a choice because Uber is illegal. Governments and taxi drivers don’t like the idea. But, in some parts of the United States ride-hailing is really popular.

UBER AND RIDE-HAILING WERE NOT ACCEPTED, AT FIRST, FOR LEGAL REASONS

There were legal problems, for example with insurance, and also opposition from taxi drivers. But, and this is a good lesson for everyone to persevere with a project, the company asked the local authorities to change the rules and they said, yes, because ride-hailing companies are in demand. People wanted to use their services.

Uber has had some legal issues regarding insurance

So, maybe in the future we will see Uber operating in this country again. Have a look at the Uber Driver Training video to see if you can work in ride-hailing.

VOCABULARY

  • Ride-hail (vb): to signal to a private car via an app that you want to be picked up (n. ride-hailing)
  • Insurance (n): An arrangement or agreement that protects someone from incurring future losses, as from damage, theft, illness, or death,especially a contract that transfers the risk of a specified loss to another party in exchange for the payment of a premium.
  • Be in demand (adj): needed or wanted, sought after

 What do you think? Would you prefer a traditional taxi or an Uber driver?

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