Limo Industry Can Do This Better Than TNCs

Martin Romjue
Posted on October 16, 2015

This news item from explains how one town uses Uber to be designated driver for residents. 

Although limousines are not cabs and operators generally avoid the drunk client crowd, setting aside some complimentary rides via an app at certain times would be a good public relations move. As technology companies and various operators roll out app products for clients and/or the public, marketing this public service would help gain a lot of good will market share.

Many politicians use the Uber-drunk driving connection has a justification for giving TNCs regulatory favor. But the chauffeured transportation industry can do this better with its inherent quality and safety checks. Some of the Uber-related assaults and incidents publicized in the media involve drunk passengers being mistreated or taken advantage of by criminal drivers.

Why not market the app-based limousine services as providing a safe ride -- and a safe driver? That's called solving two problems the professional way. Let's hope app developers and operators plan for this option and then make all the regulators and politicians aware of it.

Related Topics: drunk driving, drunk passengers, LCT editor, Martin Romjue, New Jersey operators, Newspoints, public relations, public service, regulatory enforcement, TNCs, Uber

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Auntie Uber Juan

     | about 5 years ago

    Okay now let me see if I have this one correct? Because the town does not want drunk drivers at the wheel it is willing to embrace an illegal ride in the form of Uber whose business activities include wholey inadequite duty of care insurance coverage, nor comprehensive background checks and who alos pull no commercial permits or business licenses, not pay any taxes, and do not service the handicapped community? Do I have that right?

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