Senator Stephen Nass of Wisconsin’s state legislature has called a meeting with Taxi representatives around the state to take place tomorrow at the state capital.
This meeting will be conducted to hear suggestions and negotiate a more effective deregulation of the taxi industry in Wisconsin that would replace municipal rights with a state wide regulatory structure not unlike the current rideshare regulations in Wisconsin.
It was only a matter of time before Uber received the “ABC Test” in court. California Uber drivers have challenged the independent contractor status to no avail since 2013. The enforcement of arbitration agreements have been a huge obstacle.
Arbitration agreements will not be a factor in Uber’s first ABC Test.
This will be Ride Safe’s first monthly update of our unsafe vehicle plate list. The plates appearing on this list have been checked against Carfax, vehicle registration and criminal records to indicate if the vehicle can be properly used for commercial transportation.
The following plates appearing on Rideshare (Uber. LYft, Juno), Taxi, Limo and party bus vehicles have all been found to be in direct violation of commercial transportation regulations or committing insurance fraud while posing as commercial transportation vehicles.
This list will be updated as new plates are reported through out the rest of 2018.
Ride safe has not yet received any credible reports on rail, bus or air travel providers.
If you think you know of a Rideshare, taxi, limo or party bus that should be added to this list, you can find our public report form HERE.
NO commercial transportation provider has the right to charge you or charge a cancellation fee if you refuse the ride because it is a documented UNSAFE/UNINSURED vehicle.
276ZDE madison, wi , Silver nissan, vehicle spotted with heavy rust, rear impact damage and no driver side head light, 6_19_2018 operating for both uber and lyft while driving erratically , performing illegal utrurns and parking illegally for pick ups. Driver has criminal record for unsafe driving, speeding and dui. Reported to uber, no response from uber.
490YVA Lyft and Uber WI plate, driver reported fro blocking traffic on numerous occasions and endangering pedestrians.
765ZDJ Gray nissan altima — Driver threatened a resident of Madison with a knife on Wednesday April 4th 2018 after the resident signaled the driver to slow down as he was speeding in a residential area.
RES1ST (vanity plate) Wisconsin, Silver Juke – wht male driver operating in Madison, wi for Uber on the evening of 2-23-2018, Accepting ILLEGAL cash hails. Driver admitted on recording that he is committing insurance fraud by not properly informing his own insurance company of commercial operations with his own vehicle.
R2PECT vanity plate wisconsin, vehicle is not insured for commercial use.
517ZBF Vehicle reported for swerving in traffic. Wi plate
WHT Toyota Prius in Madison, WI – Missing front plate (illegal in WI) , Driver is not vehicle owner, *uninsured.
422YYF Wisconsin plate , silver Toyota prius, vehicle is not properly insured, vehicle reported by customers for bad smell and trash left on floors.
113TWX Wisconsin plate suv, not insured for commercial use, Vehicle reported for dangerous driving
696ZZN wisconsin, uninsured for commercial use, Driver yelling at other motorists and swerving in traffic.
GDANGEL (vanity plate) GD ANGEL gd angel ((((Madison, WI area)))) DANGEROUS DRIVER!! -Blocking lanes-U-turns-texting while driving-Spotted unsafe driving on 3-9-2018 Madison, WI *uninsured*
AAL8724 Blocking traffic over multiple lanes and endangering pedestrians Madison, WI. INTOXICATED WHILE DRIVING FOR UBER, Driver stumbling and confused in PDQ parking lot on Packers Ave 3-19-2018 Madison, WI
114VTH Driver blocking traffic over multiple lanes, driver arguing with law enforcement while violating traffic laws. WI plate
*uninsured & Not properly registered for commercial use*
569YAT WI plate
415XCH WI plate
725ZWY WI Plate
ADA7345 WI Plate, Damage to vehicle on passenger side
ABD3198 Wi Plate
610USG WI plate
163RNK WI Plante Blocking traffic
63668M WI Plate Heavy rust damage on vehicle
683ZZG WI Plate Picking up passengers parked accross two handycapped spaces Uber and Lyft
ABY8305 Uber WI Plate Reported driving recklessly
143ZWC Uber WI plate
108TSB Uber WI Plate
554WHV Lyft WI Plate
ACT2226 Lyft WI plate
608ZMZ Uber WI plate
114794B WI Plate Lyft
ABX3373 WI plate Lyft
ABD2198 Uber WI Plate
986UHK Uber and Lyft wi Plate
8XS431 Uber and Lyft Virginia Plate (operating in Wisconsin)
RYSER2 Uber WI vanity plate
868ZMU Uber and Lyft, WI plate, missing front plate
996ZBF uber minivan WI Plate
661MXC Lyft WI Plate
821UFG Uber WI Plate
487WAC wi plate Uber
16001 (ER) Wi plate uber and Lyft
697UZT WI plate Lyft
260ZEB Uber WI Plate
345WDP Lyft WI plate
260ZEB Uber WI plate
318UTR Uber and Lyft WI plate
241CMJ Lyft WI plate
ACZ9847 Heavy rust damage WI plate
ADA5410 Uber WI plate
466WTB Lyft WI plate
328SMK WI plate Uber and lyft
774CYN Uber WI Plate
ABC9327 Uber and Lyft wi plate
958VAN Uber WI plate
396ZVL Uber wi plate
ABW6210 Uber WI plate
344KZK Uber and Lyft WI plate
ME8203Wi plate Uber
SBSLED (vanity) wi plate uber ‘santa and ms clause’ business logo on side
Japan has remained dedicated to safe transportation as a social responsibility. As a result their commercial transportation market remains free of the issues that now plague countries where rideshares have taken hold.
In the last month the number of incidents reported to Ride Safe has increased significantly.
The number of falsified Uber drivers, assaults, theft and traffic violations reported with Uber and Lyft drivers is now higher than at ANY time with the collective Taxi industry in north America since it’s conception.
This vehicle has no notification on it’s Carfax that it is being used commercially.
This vehicle has no commercial notification on it’s Carfax or registration.
The handycapped service sticker on the back is falsified as this vehicle can not provide full wheel chair service under ADA statutes.
The vehicle featured in this video has been reported FOUR times to Uber over a span of six months after the driver was spotted multiple times committing traffic violations and nearly running over a pedestrian.
This vehicle also has no commercial notification on it’s Carfax or registration.
The Uber AND Lyft driver in the feature image for this article was arguing with police in New Jersey.
That vehicle also has no commercial notification on it’s Carfax or registration.
Images curtesy of Robert VanMeter III and Carletta VanMeter
Uber actually reached out to Ride Safe six months ago claiming they wanted to do something about dangerous drivers that had been found operating on the Uber app.
Instead of doing anything, Uber is actually keeping a driver we have recorded TWICE now endangering the public and nearly killing pedestrians along with over 1200 other drivers in four different states that Ride Safe has found without insurance and some having criminal records in excess of the safety and vetting claims made by Uber.
Though much of Low’s other legislative efforts have been very progressive and socially sound, AB 828 has introduced a profoundly corrupt element into California’s commercial transportation and loan markets.
AB 828 allowed TNC, Transportation Network Company or Rideshare Company (Uber & Lyft), vehicles to receive an exemption from registering commercially with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
This exemption has promoted a network of corrupt dealerships, cartel drivers and automotive financiers to violate federal lending and securities laws.
It is Ride Safe’s belief this vast network of corruption is not exempt from federal law.
The interest rates for consumer auto loans are lower than the rates for livery (commercial vehicle) loans.
True personal vehicles drive an average of 12,000 miles annually. Consumer auto loans base the depreciation using a 12,000 annual mileage rate. In San Francisco a fully utilized taxi driving both shifts does 100,000 miles a year.
What happens when a ridesharing driver defaults of the loan or the vehicle is in an uninsured wreck?
Those losses are passed back to the “consumer” automotive loan sector. The cost is passed on to general public via automotive loan inflation.
What happens to the investors of these defaulted “liar loans” that are bundled into investments?
Pension Funds and other investors lose money.
Reports show an increase in the amount of defaults in automotive lending since 2013 to 2017. What percentage of those defaults involve a ridesharing vehicles?
How would victims of this fraudulent activity be made aware?
SF Shooter 13 is a Ride Safe Protected Source correspondent embedded in the San Francisco commercial transportation Market.
These last five years have been the longest, most costly and most embattled, I have ever endured while dealing with the fraud being spread by the “gig” economy.
But my own losses are hardly as costly as they have been to many who are out there right now trying to make a living in a market saturated with fraud that is now considered fair business practice.
In my previous work exposing pyramid scams like MCA or child pornographers like Brian Cartmell, the work had been easy, though never truly rewarding.
50 years ago a company like MCA would never be allowed to legally exploit an employee or partner with falsified promises and continue for years doing business this way, even when costs fall on the general public and the FTC has already sued the company for millions. MCA is still in business today after paying off FTC fines that pale in comparison to their earnings exploiting victims.
In Cartmell’s case, the laws had not yet caught up to the crime. Cartmell’s company IEG (first major online porn provider in the US) had been sub-linking customers to foreign child porn networks for years, making him a hefty profit. But there were no clear laws at the time condemning or even properly regulating this in the mid 90’s. He now lives la lavish retirement in New Zealand from his partnership earnings with Zevia Cola.
Some battles you win, some you lose, some you come to an attrition that you hope future history will iron out.
I had expected that Uber’s billions and manipulations of elected officials and media would have kept them in power in a city like New York at least another five years.
But will all their money and lobbying, Uber simply could not win against the simplest of things.
So much like the final scenes of War of the Worlds, the once mighty and unstoppable Uber has now fallen due to an old and deadly foe that the Taxi industry became prepared and fortified against over 100 years ago, MATH.
Saturating a city with an uncapped number of vehicles with no real insurance for commercial operations or proper vetting for drivers has a very simple quantifiable and exponential outcome which violates the very principals of economic sustainability.
This is why Taxis cap fleets, provide vetting, provide insurance to cover ALL, measure dispatch carefully and serve the market based on supply and demand, not mindless gratification at the expense of the general public and establishment of corporate welfare.
New York was a revelation for me.
These large and ugly systems of greed and manipulation CAN be broken and sent packing.
It simply takes determination and focus.
TODAY I also have more cause to celebrate and congratulate our efforts as Americans.
Before I get to this, PLEASE keep in mind that Uber would not exist today if it were not for the efforts of political figures on BOTH sides of the spectrum (liberal and conservative).
However it can not be ignored that the majority of those political figures and the ones who gave the most essential support were none other than the Republicans of the United States. Most notably Scott Walker, who took the most lobbying and bribe money of any US governor from Uber and Donald J. Trump, who actually wanted Uber’s previous CEO on his business council.
This is not to say the Republican party in total has a severe issue. I actually consider myself a very traditional Republican. The party has simply lost sight of what it was founded upon.
My great great great great great grandfather William Alderton fought for the union after the protest of 1854 that created the Republican party.
It should never be forgotten that in 1854 The Republican party was founded on principals that are entirely opposite the GOP’s stance today.
Especially that of it’s current figurehead.
The Republican party was founded to end “manifest destiny”, the establishment of state laws that differentiated so much from others that they violated constitutional rights and of course the practice of slavery.
A Republican of 1861 would never have been caught dead waiving a confederate flag any more than a Democrat of the same era would have advocated for equal rights to non-whites.
When regulating or deregulating a transportation industry be it air travel, boat, train, rideshare, limo, bus or Taxi, government bodies have often over stepped deregulation or insufficiently amended regulations.
The best example of the disaster that this can cause would be the recent city wide taxi deregulation in El Paso Texas which has left the citiy’s taxi providers in a market of complete chaos.
El Paso, like other cities and counties in the US that have recently deregulated taxis in an attempt to compete with rideshares, did not address the simple issues that keep safety and accountability in check.
To properly address the issues of accountability while maintaining profit for the company and a living wage for the driver, the formula is simple.
At Ride Safe we call it the ‘Rational Regulation Formula’.
1- Mandate fingerprint background checks for each driver with the same level of oversight as those conducted for bus drivers, security guards and police.
Record of these background check clearances should be included with a photo ID issued to be posted in the vehicle at all times of operation and also for public record with the assigned regulatory body.
Current municipal systems for taxi regulation in many cities require the local Police Department or a city motor vehicle inspection department to conduct this process.
Instead of eliminating these departments for a county or state wide dereguation process, they should be included as part of the vetting process with the regulator assigned in the new regulation process.
Proper fingerprint background checking eliminates the epidemic issue of drivers found to have criminal records which has plagued the Rideshare industry, as current regulations for the rideshare industry in states like Illinois, Delaware, Michigan and Wisconsin DO NOT require an actual substantiated background check on any ridehsare (Uber or Lyft) driver.
2- Mandate that ALL lease, insurance, warranty, loan or lein holders on any and all vehicles commercially operated must be notified in writing that the vehicle is being operated for commercial usage.
These records also to be publicly available with the assigned regulatory body.
A deregulation that takes vehicle usage notifications out of the realm of the DMV and DOT can expedite the process for commercial operators, however it has lead to a large number of vehicles that are not properly listed for their commercial use AFTER they are sold. Many lease and insurance providers have also been defrauded as vehicles being operated commercially as Rideshares, are not required to be listed on their registration records for commercial use.
3- Mandate that each vehicle must undergo a 16 point inspection no less than four times annually provided either by the regulatory body or at the driver and/or company cost. Record of this to be publicly available with the assigned regulatory body.
4- mandate that each vehicle must display on it’s front, sides and rear an assigned numeric permit sticker indicating compliance and status as a commercial for-hire vehicle for law customer confirmation, law enforcement compliance and verification.
Deregulations that allow vehicle marking to be removed or not required have lead to a large number of crimes committed in both the Taxi and Rideshare markets. A clear numberred marking indicates the vehicle’s assured vetting, insurance and LEGAL operating status as a for-hire vehicle.
5- Mandate that the insurance policy coverage offered by the individual or company CAN NOT be invalidated in any incident of BODILY HARM to the customer or other party struck by the for-hire vehicle by any contract or service usage agreement between the customer, driver and/or taxi company.
Currently all rideshare companies in the US as well as several deregulated taxi companies use usage agreements with their customers which invalidate proper insurance coverage.
Uninsured operations and fraudulent insurance loopholes create a significant cost to the general public in unpaid incidentals and damages.
It is often an issue with many forms of deregulation that a system of welfare arises from a lack of accountability required by the company and service providers (drivers).
6- Boundary lines
If an entire county or state area is deregulated, a system of boundaries should be established between cities. If a taxi company from one large city can suddenly operate state wide, they will move into other cities and begin a process of over saturating the market of another city until the local taxi companies of that city no longer profit.
This would serve to better expedite service during busy times, however it would also lead to a lack of effective wages for the drivers and leave the market far less served during slow times.
Local taxi company owners have a right to the market’s they have build and grown in.
Without an effective regulation for taxi providers to respect boundaries then there would be no premise or ability for any local company to remain in business if they were to be displaced by another company’s fleet from a different city.
Effects of deregulation for rideshares in Wisconsin.
After documenting the flaw in driver registration with Uber and several cases of drivers on the Uber platform with dangerous criminal records, driving dangerously and operating without proper insurance, Ride Safe submitted an official complaint to DSPS.
The summry of the DSPS complaint process and resulting communications and materials begin on page 20 of this document, submitted to the Wisconsin state Assembly by Ride Safe during a hearing to consider deregulation of the taxi industry in Wisconsin.
Not only did DSPS take over FOUR MONTHS to process this complaint but the department took no action.
Even after a letter was sent from Uber’s legal representatives making claims that contradict many items of the Wisconsin state law concerning Rideshare operations.
In the Document, Rasier’s legal representative G. Scott Binnings states:
1. Rasier does not allow prospective drivers to access the Uber app without required documents.
However the very next item that Mr. Binnings argues in the same document:
2. Rasier maintains insurance policies that cover activity on the Uber app in the amounts required by state law; these coverages are not premised on participating drivers’ obligations on their personal insurance policies or under leins.
Ride Safe had already proven that Uber accepted THREE separate falsified documents INCLUDING a falsified insurance and state DMV vehicle registration. The original documents and approval from Uber to operate on the app were included in the original complaint to DSPS which MR. Binning is addressing in his response letter.
Though Uber requires the submission of documents and claims insurance coverage, the liability and veracity of any and all claims and coverages can be invalidated not only by the liability scheme between Rasier LLC and Uber but also the contracting terms in the Uber Driver contract and customer usage agreement.
From the Uber customer usage agreement:
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
UBER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, PERSONAL INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE RELATED TO, IN CONNECTION WITH, OR OTHERWISE RESULTING FROM ANY USE OF THE SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF THE NEGLIGENCE (EITHER ACTIVE, AFFIRMATIVE, SOLE, OR CONCURRENT) OF UBER, EVEN IF UBER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Though clear communication with supporters of the Rideshare legislation in Wisconsin has been difficult, Ride Safe was able to have a conversation with a State senate staff member concerning insurance liabilities and fraud. This conversation was recorded after Ride Safe was invited on the Mich Henck show for an interview.
At time code 25:22 in this video, Mike Mikalsen, an assistant to Wisconsin State senator Stephen Nass claims that his office has validating documents that prove Uber and Lyft are responsibly handling insurance liability.