Wisconsin Legislative Session 2018 considers second attempt at Taxi Deregulation

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.

Ride Safe maintains it’s stance that the proposed deregulation as it was written in the 2017 proposal would have been a disaster for the state of Wisconsin as the same deregulation has already been a disaster for cities like El Paso Texas.

Here is the original email dispatch and article Ride Safe has made available to the Senators and Assembly members of the Wisconsin legislature in response to these latest proposals:

Ride Safe’s commercial transportation regulation_deregulation template – Ride Safe

 

Uber ABC Test

SF Shooter 13 is a protected source author for Ride Safe

 

The California Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding independent contractor misclassification earlier in 2018.  The Dynamex  ruling has broad implications for the so called “gig economy”.

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.

Why is that? 

A competitor in the ground transportation market that employs drivers alleges Uber is misclassifying drivers as independent contractors  in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage.  Diva Limousine has retained some heavyweight law firms to litigate this case.   

The plaintiff is seeking an injunction that would force Uber to employ its drivers.

This may be the beginning of a very good change that will level the playing field and reduce traffic congestion throughout the State of California.

This will also benefit the Uber drivers with minimum wage protection, overtime and workers compensation.

How many Uber drivers in the State of California have died on duty?

Folesha Parker-Iverson was a widow with two daughters.  She was killed by a hit and run DUI driver.  The daughters of the deceased driver were left without workers comp survivor benefits.

 

Ride Safe would like to thank Diva Limousine for stepping up to the plate in defese of commercial transportation ethics.

 

California’s “Low Man” created state sanctioned automotive loan fraud

Can-Toi, also known as “Low Men”, are vaguely humanoid creatures who feature in the Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King who do the bidding of the evil ‘Crimson King’.

 

In the birthplace of the so called “ridesharing” industry, California, State Assemblyman, Evan Low drafted AB 828.

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.

 

 

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees with Ride Safe, calls for stricter regulation of Uber and other Rideshares

As we at ride safe have been telling everyone since 2014:

1- Rideshare drivers making under minimum wage will cause a perfect storm of corporate welfare and economic disaster for the general public.

2- A mass increase in sexual assaults and uninsured wrecks caused by rideshare drivers who ARE NOT properly background checked or insured would become a major issue for the general public.

3-Selective service by Rideshare companies would only limit service to customers who have more need than those in commercial areas and the disabled.

Now the mayor of New York finally agrees.

-Source: Spectrum News New York 1

most of these for-hire (rideshare) vehicle drivers are at sub minimum wage.

 -Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York

Mayor De Blasio pointed out a need for a cap on the number of vehicles in order to ensure a living wage for drivers and regulation of rideshares to address safety and discrimination issues.

Ride Safe would like to thank Mayor De Blasio for finally addressing these issues and identifying a need for reform.

There is a significant economic impact of 80,000 people making less than minimum wage, committing insurance fraud and running leased vehicles into the ground as commercial drivers in just ONE major city has on our economy??

Add in that all 80,000 of them are only SELECTIVELY serving their city.

Anyone stepping off Times square can jump on an Uber but try getting an Uber any faster than a yellow cab any of the RED areas on this map:

 

 

We wait for taxis longer because they serve EVERYONE.

We pay more for the ride in a Taxi because INSURANCE protects us and anyone our taxi may hit.

The driver also deserves to be making MORE than $6.00 an hour.

When you take a rideshare vehicle, you are literally telling everyone else in this world that YOUR luxury is worth more than:

-Another 10 sexual assaults this week
-Another uninsured wreck every four hours
-Another 12 deaths this year
-Another 11 kidnappings this year (in the US alone)
-Another 60 robberies (in the US alone)
-Another 100,000 drivers committing insurance fraud this year. *This causes the general public to experience insurance inflation.
-Another 40,000 drivers invalidating lease and warranty agreements
*This causes additional inflation for the general public in leasing and warranty inflation.
-Another 200,000+ individuals and Families in the rideshare AND TAXI industry who will lose their entire livelihood and no longer be able to \earn from commercial transportation ever again as they will be replaces by more rideshare drivers who will lose it all as well. (in the US alone)

THAT, is what your Uber and Lyft ride really costs.

How can anyone take a rideshare KNOWING that a human being WILL BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED this week and thousands of people indentured into poverty as a direct result of that contribution?

www.ridesafeworld.com  #uber #lyft #rideshare #gig #ondemand

Ride Safe’s first OFFICIAL fund raiser

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

Due to the emergence of Rideshare (TNC) companies (Uber & Lyft), transportation markets and the general public around the world have had to contend with uninsured rideshare accidents and a drastic inflation in assaults on customers by Rideshare drivers who are not vetted or properly trained in providing commercial transportation.

This issue is not only a danger to the general public but the effects on the global economy are equally damaging and far reaching not just for local economies and businesses but the global economy in genera.

The “gig” or “on demand” model of business represents today’s most threatening obstruction to progress and prosperity as it creates an economy that is ultimately self destructive and costly to those who do not even use the services they offer.

At Ride Safe we have established the world’s ONLY effective means of dealing with rideshare confidence scams and the crime they cause.

We require continued funding in order to apply our sting operations, legal aid and offer our safety services to vetted and properly insured  operators and companies.

Now that Ride Safe is an official 501c3, we can offer these services in a non-profit capacity.

The services we offer:

-Street sting operations to observe uninsured and criminal infractions committed by dangerous and uninsured rideshare and taxi operators, resulting in their IMMEDIATE removal from our streets.

-Posting of sting operation videos to social media to show the public the effect of uninsured and improperly vetted rideshare drivers on our streets and on the economy.

-Dash Cam Express services offering dash cam server storage and express media share services for vetted and insured transportation companies to store and share their dash cam footage for insurance and safety purposes at a fraction of the cost from major big box providers.

-The RydeHUB FREE PUBLIC domain universal ride hail app.  A ride hailing app option for ONLY vetted and insured operators that supplies a FREE and easy to use ride hail app AND DISPATCH SYSTEM FREE to all vetted and properly insured operators.  WHY PAY for app hail systems to reach more customers and compete with rideshares?  App systems should be FREE and supply both customer and driver with a means to reach each other through smart phones without intrusive data collection or a cost to the driver or their company.

Ride Safe can offer these services because they are a benefit to the public AND SAFE and INSURED transportation services.

Help us end the madness and get ETHICAL transportation providers serving more of the public than uninsured and dangerous Rideshare companies (Uber & Lyft).

Initial items this fund will provide:

-A new sting operation and long range operations vehicle: $15,000.00

-New cameras, dash cams and recording equipment: $9000.00

-Social media and video production services and equipment: $3000.00

-Fund raiser and promotional budget for one year: $20,000.00
This would include a Multi-city US sting operation.

-Server and streaming services for Dash Cam Express: $2000.00

-World wide coverage, app service, equipment and call service for RydeHUB app:  $30,000.00
The RydeHUB app is CURRENTLY available and ready for testing and use in select areas, this funding would finish essential app services to cover the globe and compete in all markets with Rideshare/TNC app companies.

-One year for one paid employee to administrate Ride Safe: $21,000.00
I am willing to work one year on a shoe string budget to properly establish Ride Safe and operate it.

Ride Safe (Ride Safe International INC.) 501c3 Non-Profit

Ride Safe is a non-profit organization that is in no way affiliated, represented by or otherwise involved with any commercial transportation business or group.

Ride Safe is dedicated to transportation safety and transportation labor ethics.

Ride Safe’s EIN# 82-4180606
(for tax purposes)

Madison, WI Rideshare sting *LIVE UPDATES*

RIDE SAFE Madison, WI sting operation of illegal/uninsured Rideshare operations and taxi operations 3-23 to 2-35 2018

On Sunday March 25th we concluded the sting operation at 2:30am with AMAZING results. 

Exposing that EVERY SINGLE Uber and Lyft driver recorded in the city of Madison that week end was either uninsured to operate, accepting ILLEGAL street side cash hails and/or committing dangerous traffic violations regularly through out the night.  The video and audio records of the evening will be available Saturday, the 31st of march.  Only TWO taxis committed traffic violations the entire week end.

WATCH THE LIVE TWITTER FEED:

 

On the week end of Friday (the 23rd) and Saturday (the 24th) Ride Safe will be conducting a sting operation in Madison Wisconsin to monitor and report uninsured Uber and Lyft vehicles and traffic vilations by Uber, Lyft and Taxis in the downtown Madison area.

We will also be conducting a search for Doteh Mensah, an Uber driver who assaulted a customer in November while driving on the Uber platform.

It has been reported that since he was release on bail,  Mensah may be using a falsified account to continue driving for Uber or a Lyft account to drive on the Lyft platform.

Doteh Mensah – Uber driver who attacked a passenger in late November 2017. Mensah is currently under court order to NOT work as a rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft. Mensah may currently be using a falsified account to drive rideshare in the Madison area.

Due to the recent and dramatic increase in assaults on customers, uninsured wrecks and traffic violations caused by Rideshare drivers through out the US since 2014 it is now necessary to as regularly as possible, monitor the operations of Rideshare (Uber & Lyft) drivers and check public records reports on rideshare plates.

Current state law in Wisconsin does not properly address or mandate proper insurance or background check requirements for rideshare companies.

Likewise, the current state laws tie the hands of law enforcement in each municipality to properly protect the public from fraudulent rideshare operations or felon rideshare drivers operating vehicles as commercial transportation to the general public.

Ride Safe was founded for the purpose of establishing better safety standards that have been eliminated by Rideshare/TNC legislation and supply local law enforcement with a means to at least address violations of the state’s rideshare law and basic traffic violations committed by Rideshare drivers BEFORE these drivers can commit more illicit or deadly acts.

Rideshare drivers recorded committing traffic violations, operating with criminal records and accepting illegal cash hails CAN be addressed and ticketed by municipal authorities.

Ride Safe will record and make available these records from this week ends sting operations to Madison police and Sheriff’s departments.

Rideshare drivers recorded accepting illegal cash/curb hails can be immediately ticketed as this is classified as an ILLEGAL TAXI OPERATION under the current state law for rideshares.

 

Ride Safe will have TWO individuals in plain clothes recording rideshare and taxi operations in and around around the N, Francis, state street and university avenue areas of Madison starting at midnight on Friday the 23rd.

Members of the media and press from local affiliate stations, news paper and radio may also be present through out this sting operation to monitor Ride Safe.

Schedule for sting operation:

Friday March 23rd Midnight to 2:30am

Staging for this operation will take place for 15 minuets at Midnight at the plaza on the corner of W. Mifflin and state street outside 30 W Mifflin. There we will debrief any media and law enforcement representatives who wish to attend.

– 12:30am to 2:30am Standard observation and recording of Rideshare and taxi operations in and around N. Francis, University ave, Lake St, Langdon st, state st, johnson st, main st, doty st and the capitol square. We can also bring TWO individuals along for the driving portion at the beginning of the operation while we set up our recording locations in each of the areas.

Ride Safe will be making no contact and seeking no contact with rideshare drivers during this portion of the investigation.

We will only be recording traffic violations and plates to check against public records for criminal records and uninsured operations.

If a serious traffic violation is occurring like the incidents we recorded on the evening of 3-9-2018, we will signal any available law enforcement officers and direct them to the vehicle’s in question.

Recording from incident on 3-9-2018: http://ridesafeworld.com/another-neurotic-uber-driver-video/

This kind of driving is now a REGULAR occurrence with Rideshare drivers in the Madison area.

 

Saturday march 24th– 6pm to 2:30am Sunday march 25th

-6pm to 9pm Ride Safe will conduct cash hail stings on Rideshare/TNC drivers at this time. *There will be no Briefing before this operaiton*-

A representative from ride safe will approach resting rideshare/tnc vehicles, request if the driver is in fact working for a rideshare/tnc company and to see their app screen to confirm this.

The ride safe representative will then request a long range trip for cash claiming that their own cell phone is out of power or broken.

If the rideshare/tnc driver accepts the hail for cash, this is a violation of state law and an illegal form of taxi operations under Madison’s municipal code.

The ride safe representative will then be signaled by another ride safe representative listening on an open short range radio channel that another ride has been found and the first ride safe representative will cancel the illegal hail request with the rideshare/tnc driver.

Video and audio recording of these interactions will be rolling the entire time.

At no time will Ride Safe representatives lie if directly asked about the veracity of these ride requests or represent ourselves as law enforcement.

After there interactions have been concluded we can report the plate number and vehicle descriptions to any near by police representatives or later by calling in to non-emergency.

 

-10pm to 2:30am Sunday the 25th

*breifing will be RSVP ONLY*

Ride Safe will continue recorded observation and cash hail requests in the N. Francis and State St areas.

All recordings and a full report will be made available on www.ridesafeworld.com on Thursday the 29th.

Raw files can be made available instantly to all legitimate and properly identified parties requesting them before then.

The statistical models for Rideshare operations at the current frequency of incidents caused by rideshare drivers show that Madison residents will suffer:

-Another FOUR more assaults and/or reported predatory behavior by rideshare drivers before the end of 2018.

-SIX more uninsured accidents in Madison and the surrounding areas caused by Rideshare drivers (most go unreported) before the end of 2018.

 

To date the insured and vetted taxi companies of Wisconsin have generated not even HALF the number of incidents in the last TWENTY YEARS that Rideshare companies have generated in the state in just the last TREE years.

 

It is Ride Safe’s intention to limit or otherwise END this pandemic before it continues any longer.

 

 

 

 

THE STULTZ REPORT

COURT DATE FOR UBER DRIVER

RSC #031718WILNC

03/17/18 WILMINGTON, NC

DRUG POSS /OUTSTANDING WARRANT

UBER <CONFIRMEND

DRIVER: Addison Spruill

Stopped For Speeding W/2 Passengers

And Charged For Possession of Marijuana & He Had An Outstanding Warrant For Intimidating A Witness

04/05/18

Court Date For Outstanding Warrant

04/13/18

Court Date For Simple Possession & Speeding

THE STULTZ REPORT

CHICAGO TAXI DRIVER CHARGED WITH FELONY SEXUAL ABUSE

RSC #030318CHIL

03/03/18 CHICAGO, IL

SEXUAL ASSAULT / KIDNAPPING

TAXI <CONFIRMED

COMPANY <Not Identified

DRIVER: Murasbek Elchiev

27 /Niles, IL

During The Ride He Allegedly Locked The Doors & Demanded Oral Sex

When She Refused, He “Indicated He Would Let Her Out Of The ca5b” If She Removed Her Top

When She Partially Removed Her Top, Elchiev Grabbed The Victim & Kept Driving

When The Victim Was Able To Escape, He Followed Her For 2 Blocks Then Left With The Victim’s Phone

Her Roommate and Another Person With Her Found The Victim Walking Down The Street In Distress

They Tracked Her Phone To O’Hare Int. Airport

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-cabbie-sex-abuse-20180305-story.html

POLICE Found Elchiev Asleep In A Cab With The Victim’s Phone Under The Seat

03/03/18

Arrested & Charged With

Felony Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

Felony Aggravated Kidnapping

Felony Unlawful Restraint

According To Prosecutors Elchiev Covered The In-Car Camera But It Shows The Victim Getting In The Car & Audio Corroborated The Victim’s Account

BAIL DENIED

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Petition to end Proposed deregulation of the Taxi industry.

End proposed deregulation of Taxis

  

End proposed deregulation of Taxis SB-759 & AB-918

We appose the proposed deregulation of the Taxi and Limo industry.

Legislators in the state of Wisconsin are currently proposing legislation which would deregulate Taxi and Limo operations through out the state to the same lowered standards as the Rideshare/TNC industry (Uber & Lyft).

Proposed legislation:

SB-759 (Senate Bill presented by State senator Stephen Nass) AB-918 (Proposed Wisconsin State Assembly bill Presented by Rep. Knodl)

This legislation, if passed, would significantly increase and even encourage fraud, assault, discrimination and uninsured operations in the Taxi and Limo industries.

Since 2014 US states like Wisconsin have enacted deregulation of Rideshare/TNC operations (Uber & Lyft).
This legislation has been promoted and in many cases co-written FOR legislators by lobbyists and representatives working with Uber.

Free enterprise and the deregulation of some laws can be in many cases beneficial to industry and growth.
However, the deregulation arranged for and by Rideshare/TNC legislation has been directly responsible for a significant rise in harassment, discrimination and sexual assault of customers and uninsured incidental costs forced upon tax payers by Rideshare/TNC companies and their drivers.

The proposed deregulation would also put remaining regulations for all Taxi and Limo operations in the state under a singular state department, DSPS (The Department of Safety and Professional Services).
DSPS currently regulates all Rideshare/TNC (Uber & Lyft) operations in Wisconsin.
The complaint process with DSPS takes THREE MONTHS when considering complaints submitted to the Department concerning any and all Rideshare/TNC violations of the law.

An increase in crime and the cost to the general public IS NOT innovation or a value to any advanced civilization.

No Individual or company has the right to force it’s incidental costs onto any other individual or group.

Regulators should have an immediate and comprehensive means of reviewing and complying with customer and other business complaints alike.
THREE MONTHS IS NOT a comprehensive or immediate amount of time to respond to a complaint about a business.

Because this legislation has the potential for proposal in other US states if passed in Wisconsin, this is an issue for Wisconsin businesses, Wisconsin residents as well as all US residents.
This is why this petition represents ALL and has made clear to those receiving it that all who sign are apposed to this legislation.

This legislation not only effects US citizens living in Wisconsin but those visiting the state who expect fair treatment and safe transportation options.
This legislation also effects the Taxi and Limo companies of Wisconsin. An industry that has NOT shown support for becoming unsafe or unaccountable for their operations as proposed by this legislation.

Regulations concerning Taxis, Limos should always carry CLEAR requirements for:

1- Insurance coverage for the customer and to cover damages caused to public property.
2- FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECKS on all drivers.
3- Non-discrimination requirements enforced under the law, not as unregulated promissory notes from those providing services.
4- Regulators required to address and respond to emergency situations and comply with immediate response to all complaints.

The provision of goods and services is a right that All who are willing and capable have.

The provision of goods and services at a cost in lives, suffering and destruction is a right NO ONE person, group or business should ever have.

We want affordable, safe and diverse forms of transportation available.
This proposed legislation DOES NOT protect or encourage safety or diversity.

We, the undersigned residents of Wisconsin, The United States and the Taxi and Limo companies operating there in, DO NOT support this proposed legislation.
We urge legislators to think with reason and act with professional consideration.

****************************************************************************************************

Link to legislative details and the effect of the proposed legislation:

http://ridesafeworld.com/report-to-wisconsin-state-legislature-concerning-the-deregulation-of-taxis-and-limos/

Report on fraud and regulatory corruption created by proposed Taxi Deregulations

*Released 1/29/2017*

Prepared by, Ride Safe International Inc. 501c3 Non-Profit

Concerning Document LRB-3627/1 Wisconsin state legislature 2017 – 2018 LEGISLATURE

Cover letter

There are many aspects of this legislation that may initially appeal to Taxi and Limo operators through out Wisconsin.

However upon reading and comprehensive comparison with bills 106 (Senate) and 143 (assembly) from 2015, it is very clear that the proposed legislation establishes an entirely corrupt, fraudulent and unregulated method of operations for the Taxi and Limo industry.

Many of the same standards of deregulation that apply to Rideshare/TNC companies in Wisconsin established by 2015 SENATE BILL 106 and 2015 ASSEMBLY BILL 143 would also apply to taxis and limos through out the state under this proposed legislation.

I sincerely hope that all legislators will consider a rational approach to taxi regulations and allow them to remain within the domain of municipal regulation unless the industry itself agrees with such deregulation or a better form of state wide deregulation can be written.

Source materials, evidence and records for all points addressed in this document can be found in attachments and at:

www.ridesafeworld.com

Sincerely,

Justin La Plante

Ride Safe international

www.ridesafeworld.com

Section 1

fraud and corruption Issues with the proposed legislation as compared to Rideshare/TNC regulations in Wisconsin.

The proposed legislation establishes many of the same deregulation for the Taxi and Limo industry that were established for Rideshare/TNC operations.

During the 2015 legislative sessions and hearings concerning 106 and 143, many legislators who were involved at that time may remember that several parties including Ride Safe warned the legislation in public hearings on both bills of the following dangers:

1- Uninsured wrecks caused by Rideshare/TNC drivers working for Lyft and Uber due to fraudulent terminology in driver contracting and lack of an effective insurance policy liability established in legislation terms.

This has in fact lead to SEVERAL reported incidents in Wisconsin both before and since 2015 of Uber and Lyft accidents where insurance coverage was not in place and/or did not compensate victims and public property damages even though the rideshare drivers at fault were operating with the app on and with customers in the vehicles.

This is because insurance liability for Rideshare/TNC operations was never properly addressed in 106 or 143.

For insurance coverage to be properly established under Rideshare/TNC contracting, the driver must contact and establish notification of commercial operations WITH THEIR OWN auto insurance provider.

If this notification is not established or if the auto insurance provider will not cover or maintain insurance for the driver when they are not performing commercial operations, then the establishment of insurance liability with both Uber and Lyft DOES NOT EXIST for the driver or their passengers during ANY ride provided.

Since 106 and 143 never established proper notification to drivers of these contracting aspects OR require ANY establishment of proper communication between the driver and their own insurance provider.

2- Lack of proper background checking on rideshare drivers.

In 2016 Ride Safe was able to establish a driver on the Uber application in Madison, WI using entirely falsified documents including a falsified insurance policy and state of Wisconsin vehicle registration.

SEVERAL portions of these documents were fabricated with microsoft paint, using print that did not match the print of the original documents that were altered and VIN numbers that did not match from document to document.

The driver who registered even spoke with LIVE staff working fro Uber and exchanged these documents with them as they claimed to check them in real time with their background check and vetting process.

The driver was approved to operate for Uber even though the vehicle the driver registered with was not even in operation and the insurance and vehicle registration documents used had been falsified entirely.

Bills 106 and 143 did not properly establish a means of vetting or background checking for rideshare/TNC drivers which is in any way comprehensive enough to address domestic OR foreign criminal records.

3- Over charging of customers through fraudulent ‘surge’ pricing practices by Uber and Lyft

106 and 143 did not properly or effectively address the Rideshare/TNC practice of ‘surge’ pricing.

This is a method of billing where-in the Rideshare/TNC company can increase the price of the fare during what ever time of the day the Rideshare/TNC wishes and for what ever amount the Rideshare/TNC wishes to add based on a claim of increased demand.

However as revealed by numerous screen captures the ‘surge’ that is put into effect does not cover the entirely of the service area or even a fraction of the total sum of one city the Rideshare/TNC company operates in.

This establishes a deceptive and targeted billing practice which shifts the focus of the driver from providing fair service to all areas of a city to providing selective service to limited areas of a city.

If the surge system were in fact addressing supply and demand fairly, then surge rates should at least be equalized in ALL areas of available service and not targeted only in small portions of a city.

Uber and Lyft Surge prices in Wisconsin have charged residents and visitors to the state in excess of $600 for rides between Green bay and Appleton and $80 for rides from central Madison to the city’s airport, as well as applying surge rates during normally slow transit times or times of the day when there is virtually no demand at all.

4- Lack of oversight by DSPS for clear violations of Rideshare/TNC law in Wisconsin

Ride Safe made a complaint to DSPS after we registered a driver with falsified documents on the Uber app.

After DSPS took FOUR MONTHS to process the complaint and determine action, the department of Safety and Professional Services determined that the incident WA S NOT a violation of the law or a concern for DSPS to take action.

5- Assaults on customers by Uber and Lyft drivers in Wisconsin

Since the passage of 106 and 143 in Wisconsin, several assaults on customers through out the state have occurred.

In nearly every instance, it was found that the drivers who committed the assaults had previous criminal records, no proper insurance on their own vehicles or proper training and vetting to provide safe commercial transportation services as required with Taxis under municipal laws.

Since 2015 taxi drivers in the Wisconsin have committed fewer than 1/6 the number of assaults on customers committed by Uber and Lyft drivers in Wisconsin and NONE committed in a sexual nature by any taxi driver in the state in that time.

This rate reflects the National and international trend of an increase in crime and assaults on customers by Rideshare/TNC drivers over that of their Taxi and Limo counterparts.

The two recent terrorist attacks in New York city were BOTH committed by individuals who BOTH had been working for Ridesahre/TNC companies. One of whom had lost his license to operate for taxi companies BEFORE he easily became an Uber driver.

In November a female Madison resident using Uber was assaulted by her uber driver, leaving massive bruising and scars on her face. While the driver was beating her, he also sexually assaulted her.

It was later found that the driver had a previous criminal record that would have barred him from being employed by any taxi or limo company operating under the current municipal laws.

The driver had also neglected to establish proper insurance agreements with his own insurance provider, invalidating any insurance offered by Uber for the rides provided.

106 and 143 do not properly address driver background checks, training or vetting.

This has directly caused these incidents to occur and will continue to cause incidents to occur until regulation can be established to properly background check and train Rideshare/TNC drivers.

Regulations established by 106 and 143 do not allow comprehensive oversight of regulation with Rideshare/TNC companies.

Trusting the service provider alone to provide proper background checks, vetting and training for drivers does not provide proper background checks, vetting and training for drivers.

This is proven by the numerous incidents that have occurred and WILL continue to occur.

Lowering Taxi and Limo regulations to these same levels would only increase the level of fraud that exists and the number of incidents that will occur at a cost to the public, the customer and also the driver.

Deregulation of services at this level will also become more applied to other services regulated by DSPS as the department has shown a consistent lack of involvement in enforcing or regulating any services it is responsible for.

This is why taxi companies DO NOT want the proposed legislation for deregulation.

These companies have provided insured, properly monitored and vetted services to the public of Wisconsin for generations.

It is not within the prerogative of ANY professional commercial transportation provider to lower it’s standards and principals to that of a Rideshare/TNC company as LRB-3627/1 would require.

Section 2

Review of proposed legislation and synapse of it’s effect on the Taxi/Limo industry as well as other service and security industries though out Wisconsin.

The proposed legislation, LRB-3627/1 significantly deregulates the Taxi and limo industries by ending the practice of municipal regulation and replacing it with a state regulation under the Department of Safety and Professional services (DSPS).

Licensing/permit costs and “sliding scale”

Through out the proposed legislation there is no reference to the exact rate of any fees for initial licensing, permit or renewal or the exact determination and rate structure under the “sliding scale” for permits referenced by the proposed legislation.

It is only referenced that these rates and this “scale” will be determined by DSPS and will be between $500usd and $5000usd depending on criteria which are not referenced or clearly defined.

The proposal for this legislation was only made a week ago.

The public hearing for this legislation has already been scheduled for the 8th of February. Yet the criteria for this “sliding scale” system and exact permit structures are not entirely described or defined.

Fleet permits, vehicle safety inspection/service, law enforcement, emergency compliance and congestion

Fleets, safety and inspection

Under page 9 section E it is briefly described that the taxi company owner only provide a listed description of all vehicles operating for the company.

There is no comprehensive requirement listed for inspection, vehicle service records to be provided or logged or individual numbering requirements or permits for each individual vehicle outside of what the company owner may or may not opt to mark the vehicle with under the law.

Law enforcement and emergency compliance

Vehicle marking and fleet numbering for proper public and law enforcement identification are also missing from requirements.

While a Taxi or limo may be required to post a company name and/or logo, a fleet number for individual identification number should be required so as to quickly identify to dispatchers and law enforcement by the public or by law enforcement to dispatchers for emergency service and identification.

These requirements do not exist for Rideshare/TNC companies in Wisconsin and because of this very long wait times have been reported in attempts to perform emergency response and law enforcement compliance with incidents concerning Uber and Lyft drivers.

Law enforcement is not given a means to actually call Uber or Lyft to identify vehicles, perform legal service or receive information on drivers or vehicles unless long submission forms are completed and submitted first.

THEN the law enforcement agency must wait until the rideshare/TNC decides to respond.

Emergency and law enforcement response to incidents with uber and Lyft drivers in Wisconsin has been noted to take up to TWELVE HOURS after an incident.

The maximum wait time with Taxis is no longer than 30 minuets if not immediate as taxi providers maintain a live dispatch and vehicle markings carry contact information, rate fares and vehicle numbers on THE OUTSIDE of each vehicle in visible locations along the sides, front and rear of the vehicle..

The proposed legislation carries no cap on the number of vehicles operating and promoted indentured labor.

Ridesahre/TNC companies are not required to provide a cap on the number of vehicles operating or regulate vehicles operating to avoid traffic congestion or a lack of fair pay and work provided to drivers.

This has lead to massive congestion issues with traffic in Large cities as well as numerous complaints by Rideshare/TNC drivers that they make less than minimum wage hourly due to vehicle service/gas costs and a lack of hourly fares due to so many other Rideshare/TNC vehicles in operation.

Current municipal ordinances for Taxi operations place limits on the number of vehicles in operation so drivers can make a sustainable hourly wage weather they are working for the Taxi company as employees or as independent contractors using taxi company vehicles and equipment.

Unregulated numbers in fleet sizes and drivers in operation creates an unsustainable income environment for the driver. Instead of providing a job opportunity the taxi company operating under these proposed deregulations could operate drivers in an ever expanding role of indentured servitude at very low wages as Rideshare/TNC companies Uber and Lyft do currently.

These kinds of jobs do not grow a healthy economy. They also entice sub standard workers who will provide very poor and often more dangerous standards of service.

The proposed legislation establishes the same fraudulent Insurance and vetting terms with taxis as currently exist with Rideshare/TNC companies.

In sections 474.145 through 474.147 The terms for a driver’s own vehicle being used FOR the taxi company and a taxi company operating their own vehicles as well as driver vetting and background checking are established.

These terms deregulate the vetting and background checking on drivers to the same level as that of Rideshare/TNC regulations in the state of Wisconsin.

It has been proven several times over and by the admission of law enforcement officials through out the state of Wisconsin that these are sub standard methods of background checking and driver vetting.

Ride Safe has proven to this legislative body repeatedly since 2015 that both Uber and Lyft DO NOT maintain proper background checks on drivers.

This is because there is no requirement for a fingerprint background check through a local law enforcement agency as is currently the regulation with Taxi, Bus and Limo drivers in the state of Wisconsin through current municipal ordinances.

The insurance terms established by this legislation would allow for insurance policies of Taxis and Limos to be insufficient or entirely invalidated through user agreements the same as Rideshare/TNC companies are allowed under the current legislation.

This would force additional incidental costs onto tax payers, customers, limo and Taxi drivers.

The proposed legislation would force further deregulation, fraud and corruption into other services regulated by DSPS.

With the elimination of so much liability and accountability in a major transportation market, additional services regulated by DSPS could easily demand or be forced by legislators to endure similar deregulations.

Private Security, short range Parcel delivery, food delivery, trucking repair service and hair salons currently under the regulation of DSPS could easily become just as deregulated and begin operating just as fraudulently and irresponsibly as Rideshare/TNCs are currently allowed under the law.

This of course would impact additional costs onto the tax paying public and encourage fraudulent business operations and labor practices.

The proposed legislation allows Ridesahre/TNC companies to operate as Taxis.

There is no provision in the proposed legislation to protect the taxi industry from being co-opted by Rideshare/TNC companies who wish to develop and operate taxi app hail services with purchased fleets under these regulations.

Currently Uber and Lyft operate taxi hail versions of their apps in larger cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

These are typically done through a deal between one or more taxi providers in an area who allow portions of their fleets to appear as available on app services offered by Uber and Lyft such as ‘UberTaxi’.

However in these instances there are heavy regulations on the vetting of the taxi drivers and companies involved and because of specific regulations to protect taxi operations from being performed by Rideshare/TNC companies, Rideshare/TNC companies can not actually operate AS taxi companies.

Under this proposed legislation there would be no regulatory structure to protect taxi companies from complete encroachment by Rideshare/TNC companies who would be able to purchase and operate taxi fleets.

Most especially since there is no comprehensive review or regulation of reported violations or mitigating circumstances of conflict performed by DSPS.

The provisions of the proposed legislation are also so vague and indeterminate that any Rideshare/TNC could perform all of the operations of a Taxi company AND a Rideshare/TNC and still not be in violation of the law even though they would maintain no actual live dispatch.

Illegal Cash street hails and DSPS regulation

During a recent sting operation in Green bay during the last Packer’s game, ride safe recorded several Uber and lyft drivers performing illegal cash hails.

Under the contracting for Uber and Lyft with their drivers and customers, any ride arranged outside of the app invalidates any and all safety and insurance agreements not already invalidated by the fraudulent contracting both companies use.

A street hail for cash can not be established as a ride arranged through an app.

At the end of February Ride Safe will be submitting these and hundreds of other violations of the current state Rideshare/TNC regulations to DSPS as another report of violations to the department.

Ride Safe hopes that the excessive number of violations reported at one time may inspire DSPS to enforce the law with regard to the established legislation.

In consideration of what has happened during previous attempts to report clear violations of the law to DSPS, how can it be determined that DSPS would be capable or willing to enforce the law with regard to Taxis under the proposed legislation?

Section 3, final summation

Ride Safe is not interested exclusively in the losses of the taxi industry, it’s drivers or taxi company owners. In fact these things are secondary to Ride Safe’s primary goal. That being to protect the public and ensure a safe and INSURED ride for ALL.

We understand that Rideshare/TNC companies offer a fast and cheap transportation solution.

Unfortunately it is a statistical fact that Rideshare/TNC companies are far less safe than ANY other form of commercial ground or air transportation.

Shortly after this legislative body passed 106 and 143 in 2015 Uber was forced to settle two lawsuits over it’s “safe rides fee”, a $1.00usd charge that the company added to all fares to cover what Uber claimed was “safety and insurance”.

After losing these lawsuits, Uber changed the “safe rides fee” to a ‘booking fee” and left the amount charged, the same.

Lyft has a similar “safe rides fee” that it also changed to a “booking fee” at the same time.

BOTH companies still change this same fee, now called a “booking fee”.

BOTH companies can not even LEGALLY claim to be safer or insured compared to a Taxi as a result of Uber losing these lawsuits.

If a civil suit can force the hand of a multi billion dollar company to fraudulently change the name of a fare fee and no longer claim to be “safe”, how does this legislative body expect the Taxi industry to perform any better when it is deregulated to the same level?

THE MAJORITY of Taxi companies in the state of Wisconsin DO NOT want this legislation.

Taxi companies DO NOT want to be as irresponsible and negligent as Rideshare/TNC companies.

Even to the point of losing business because of it.

Because doing business at the expense of tax payers, the general public and customers IS NOT how a professional taxi or limo company wants to do business.

Rep, Nass and regulatory corruption

June 4th 2016:

Steven Nass’s (A primary author of the proposed legislation) aid was recorded lying about Taxi companies in Wisconsin not paying for wrecks, not knowing what the FTC is or actually does, not knowing about the contracting/insurance terms for Uber.

This recording is in the later portion of the interview I had on the Mich Henk show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1257&v=VfGU__FnIOU

In this recording, Mike Mikelson claimed to have evidence that Nass’s office STILL has not provided.

DSPS regulation

DSPS maintains only 5 offices in Wisconsin and only 2 offices in larger townships (Madison and Green bay). DSPS does not have an office in Milwaukee, Janesville, Appleton or Wisconsin Dells despite regular taxi operations in these areas.

The proposed legislation deregulates taxis and establishes the same loopholes which allow Rideshare/TNC companies to operate without actual insurance or comprehensive background checks on drivers.

On May 12th of 2016 Ride Safe completed a sting operation where we successfully established an Individual as an Uber driver after uploading falsified Insurance, Vehicle registration and background information on the driver.

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17VSk9UAj2U&t=20s

Article with screen captures:

http://ridesafeworld.com/uber-allows-driver-to-register-with-fake-insuranceregistration-documents-part-1/

I submitted this incident on a complaint to DSPS for CLEAR violations of the state Rideshare/TNC laws (2015:106 – Senate and 143- Assembly).

DSPS informed me that the complaint process would take THREE MONTHS to consider.

On August 15th of 2016 DSPS informed me that the process would take an additional 30 days.

Eventually In September DSPS forwarded a letter and e-mail stating that the complaint about Uber was not an issue and the department would be taking no action.

There is no state wide regulatory body willing to or even capable of regulating commercial transportation state wide in a manner that would be effective under this proposed legislation.

If DSPS were allowed to regulate all taxis state wide, there would no longer be oversight or enforcement in ANY area of the industry.

Fraudulent and uninsured RideShare/TNC operations recorded in Green bay during last packer’s game:

http://ridesafeworld.com/results-of-ride-safe-green-bay-sting-part-1-illegal-cash-hails-by-uber-and-lyft-drivers-during-packer-game/

Video 2:

http://ridesafeworld.com/green-bay-uber-lyft-sting-reveals-more-drivers-with-criminal-records-video/

Fraudulent “rideshare insurance” policies being sold in Wisconsin:

http://ridesafeworld.com/eries-so-called-rideshare-insurance-fails-to-validate-comprehensive-coverage-video/

Beating and sexual assault of Uber customer by Uber driver in Madison:

http://ridesafeworld.com/another-uber-driver-sexually-assaults-a-passenger-in-ride-safes-home-city/

Uber customer killed on beltline after being dumped on highway by negligent Uber Driver:

https://isthmus.com/news/news/could-have-been-prevented/

These incidents NEVER would have occurred if the Wisconsin Legislature had not passed the 2015 Rideshare/TNC bill.

BOTH drivers in each instance would NEVER have passed vetting that exists for Taxi companies under current legislation and regulations at the municipal level.

The current regulations for Rideshare/TNCs in Wisconsin not only allowed both drivers to have access to customers but it ENCOURAGES Rideshare/TNC companies such as Uber and Lyft to hire and provide services with uninsured, untrained and fraudulently contracted drivers.

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Tabloid click bait site uses out-dated rideshare propaganda to sell more spam

It has been years since we have heard Uber or Lyft representatives attempting to make claims that their services have made streets safer, more efficient or any more free of drunk driving than they had been before.

This is mainly due to the numerous lawsuits, assaults on customers and rideshare drivers working with both companies found operating while intoxicated in an epidemic of incidents which now make it a fallacy for either Lyft or Uber to claim their are “safe” compared to their taxi and limo counterparts.

However some click bait sites will from time to time entertain versions of these claims in order to sell more clicks, mallware, tabloid articles and advertised products.

The Free Thought Project Recently posted this meme on their ‘police the police’ facebook page:

The claim is of course 100% FALSE.

Since 2014 Uber and Lyft have been the direct cause of an epidemic increase in assaults on customers and commercial drivers operating while intoxicated.

In over 9 years the rate of drunk driving has not lowered or deviated from the same rate of increase experienced BEFORE Uber and Lyft entered the market.

The Free Though project is a click bait tabloid website featuring a flood of conflicting and entirely baseless articles on different political and social justice issues.

A page of articles from http://thefreethoughtproject.com
More articles and click bait ads on http://thefreethoughtproject.com

The web site’s content is very convoluted, without direction and the articles themselves lack proper sources or proofing.

 

While it can be appreciated that there are law enforcement agencies with severe issues in conduct, the use of deadly force on the innocent and profiling, the ‘police the police’ group on facebook and youtube which is operated by the “free thought project”, has often times posted videos and articles accusing police brutality where none actually existed outside of speculative accusations.

This has done more to hurt any real claims against police brutality by pairing those making honest claims with those making dishonest ones on the group’s facebook pages and website.

In a more recent post the the ‘Police the Police’ facebook group, the group now claims that facebook has limited their ability to make content available to their followers.  Using profanity and several unsubstantiated claims, they accuse facebook of “soft censorship”.

Meme posted to police the police facebook group.

It is fair to note the facebook is a private company and under the terms of service for use of facebook, the website can and will limit or promote content for what ever reason the website’s administrators see fit.

Though the page has over eleven thousand five star rated reviews, there are over two thousand 1 star reviews from facebook users complaining about spam and hate speech posted on the group’s page and on the free thought project website.