THE GREAT DE­BATE

Do you pre­fer an Uber or taxi?

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Uber

I would choose an Uber over a taxi be­cause of its rat­ing ser­vice. For me, I feel safer to know I’m about to be driven home by some­one who has a four or five-star rat­ing. Uber pro­vides photo and name iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the driver, as well as user re­views. Know­ing that peo­ple have voted based on their car ride ex­pe­ri­ence with the driver of­fers me a higher level of se­cu­rity than if I were to choose a taxi ride home.

Taxi

While I love the con­ve­nience of Uber, the taxi in­dus­try ful­fils a vi­tal need for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties that Uber does not. Some peo­ple us­ing wheel­chairs or walk­ing aids rely solely on taxis to get around. It’s rare to find an Uber that can ac­com­mo­date their needs. Ev­ery maxi taxi can fit a wheel­chair. El­derly peo­ple who can’t use a smart­phone or don’t have one can’t ac­cess the Uber app, which means taxis are their sole means of get­ting around. Taxis pro­vide a ser­vice to some of the com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

Rachel Fen­ner So­cial me­dia pro­ducer

Vic­to­ria Ri­fici Re­porter

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