The times they are a changing! Within the last couple years, new transportation apps have started to become more popular. You see apps like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar everywhere you go; magazines, the internet, even referenced on TV. But this begs the question....how safe are these apps?
One thing that most consumers are not aware of is that anyone, literally any Tom, Dick or Harry, can sign up to be a "driver" for one of these apps. Citizens are allowed to sign up for these apps as "drivers" without even showing proof of a business license, commercial insurance, not having a valid "for hire" license or even what type of driving record they have! Most consumers don't know they are not getting a professional chauffeur and that it is not a transportation company responding to their requests for a ride. Not to sound rash, but you might as well hitchhike a ride home! Think that sounds extreme? Click here to read an article from LCT Magazine where just last week an Uber driver was arrested and charged with kidnapping and the intent for sexual assault of a female passenger.
So far, apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have been deemed illegal in New York, served cease and desist orders in many major cities such as Chicago, LA, San Francisco and the state of Virginia for violating licensing regulations. Many cities such as Miami, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh are holding undercover stings to catch drivers operating from Uber and Lyft, impounding their cars immediately and slapping them with high fines. It's the same in every city, these ride sharing apps are not legal and not following state regulations.
The fact is, these apps may get you transportation at the click of your fingertips, but is it really worth your safety or your life?
So what should you do? TransCity Limos is a licensed and insured company that doesn't just hire any driver off the street. All of our vehicles, whether it be limousines, SUV's or sedans are properly insured and licensed according to state regulations. All of our chauffeurs go through a rigorous background check and training. We have certain standards for our chauffeurs and if each standard is not met, they are not driving our vehicles. All of our vehicles have been properly inspected and are maintained to the extreme. So have peace of mind the next time you are in need of transportation and call TransCity Limos! 480-809-3030