It is Ride Safe’s goal to make transportation safer. Rideshare/TNC companies such as Uber and Lyft operate in direct conflict of this goal bu causing more accidents and assaults on customers than the Taxi industry.
While any advancement in technology can often benefit humanity, the very model of business that Rideshare/TNC companies operate within promotes an unsafe, inefficient and overly congested market.
The companies operating Rideshare/TNC app make billions while economy, infrastructure, environment and equally available transportation are decimated in the process.
It is the mission of any professional taxi provider to be BETTER than this and in fact put Rideshare/TNCs entirely out of business in the process.
Not just by being better in practice than Rideshare/TNCs but more available and better suited to serve the public.
Taxi companies already out rank Rideshare/TNC companies in safety and presentation. It is now only a matter of utilizing better dispatching practices and universal app options to be more available and less restrictive on payment options.
Remember these factors: More available & Less restrictive
They are the KEY to saving the taxi industry.
Partitioned fleet services (PFS)
To effectively compete with Rideshares Taxis must alter their method of dispatch and availability.
One fault of taxi availability where taxis could entirely replace Rideshare/TNC availability and public recognition would be by making themselves as available as possible to street hail and call service.
To accomplish this Taxi companies would need to partition their fleets and dedicate vehicles in two very different partitions of availability.
Partition A-Street and app hail only
A taxi company using an app system will find the majority of their app hails will be from downtown locations at busy hours.
App companies like Uber and Lyft have too often filled taxi lanes designated on streets during busy hours as well.
For the taxi industry to regain the business last to Rideshare/TNCs they must put a regular presence back on those taxi designated lanes and keep them filled with available vehicles.
This brings brand recognition to the customer and will ensure customers are taking safe and insured taxis as apposed to uninsured Rideshare/TNC vehicles with untrained drivers.
While taxis are stationed in these areas, they would not take call orders from dispatch. Even if the calls comming in to dispatch are in the immidiate area.
Vehicles in this flavor of operation must remain available ONLY for street hails or orders made through the app when they are stationed in the taxi lane areas, waiting at airports or on their way between taxi lane areas and airports.
This will ensure that a portion of the fleet is always dedicated and available to the public in the same selective manner as Rideshare/TNC in order to ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC HAS A SAFE ALTERNATIVE to uninsured/untraned Rideshare/TNC vehicles.
Partition B- Dispatch Calls and Paratransit ONLY
This flavor would have to be dedicated only to call service and paratransit service weather ordered by phone or through the app.
This will provide an optimal service availability to areas outside of the selective marketing that Uber and Lyft prefer and keep the drivers providing them in a stable income.
Rotating the partitions
The partitions should be rotated evenly through out the day in order for drivers to diversify income and break out of the same habit in driving.
The partitions themselves should also be averaged to assign the proper number of A and B assigned drivers to the proper time of day.
During late night ‘bar time’ hours Partition A should make up 80% of the available fleet while partition B would make up the remaining 20% while rotating between each other every two to four hours.
During slower times of the day to late evening the partitions would be split evenly 50/50 and rotate hour to hour.
In the early morning hours when it is typically very slow, Partition A would make up 20% of the fleet while partition B would now make up 80%.
Using this system and coordinating with other taxi companies in the same market, a taxi company would maintain more visibility and availability to the public while forcing Rideshare/TNCs out almost entirely.
With just one fleet with one company operating in this way there would always be two to four vehicles available street side for a hail. With every other taxi company doing it there would be packed lanes that Uber and Lyft would not be able to edge into.
The goal is to get the customer to a SAFE, INSURED and VETTED ride.
Price does not matter to customers, only availability. By getting customers a safe ride FIRST, you also ensure the safety of the general public.
A Universal ride hail APP thats costs you NOTHING to use
Rydehub has been in development since 2015 and is NOW being beta tested. For more information on the app VISIT THE RYDEHUB WEBSITE.
With every taxi in one city on the same app, taxi companies no longer have to guess or play a dangerous game that costs more in fuel and vehicle service costs while forcing drivers to accept less and less wages.
All taxis will see each other and all customers will see and be able to hail all taxis based on availability NOT FLEET SIZE .
Fleets will be able to share areas while expediting service far faster than Rideshare/TNC companies AND also providing outbound call service without prejudice and again with FASTER response times than Rideshare/TNCs.
Customers will not have a bulky app on their phone if they do not wish and they will be able to pay the driver in what ever means they wish WITH the added bonus of phone identification if the customer attempts to ditch on the call.
While ride safe would only store phone numbers or a profile with credit card if the customer wishes, burner and masked phones would not be able to be used on Rydehub.
Customers will have options to ALL forms of transportation available in the area and connection options between them.
These factors would return a MINIMUM average of 40% to ALL providers in the Taxi market in what has been lost from Rideshare/TNC operations.
I understand that sharing availability on one app may not be appealing but the taxi industry is not going to survive without this.
I have told the taxi industry this for years and the taxi industry has ignored it for years while losing more and more of the transportation market to Uber and Lyft.
RYDEHUB IS THE SOLUTION.
It will instantly make taxis more available, faster and more popular than Uber or Lyft and it will return vetted and INSURED drivers to the public as apposed to the uninsured Rideshare/TNC criminals who dominate the market now.
Rydehub would also offer usage to individuals wishing to do Rydeshare/TNC under local laws however Rydehub would require COMMERCIAL GRADE insurance, a fingerprint background check from local police, training, vetting and BI-MONTHLY inspections and service on their vehicles provided through VETTED TAXI shops at the fee structure YOUR COMPANIES would prefer to charge them.
Companies like Uber and Lyft and their drivers WOULD NOT be allowed on Rydehub for clear safety and vetting reasons.
If taxi companies can come together for the sake of public safety and their customers, THEY WILL put Uber and Lyft out of business with Rydehub.
Since Rydehub is a non-profit entity, it’s income is dedicated only to operating costs. If any income is made above that it is used for para-transit, special needs, elder services and low income rides paid back to taxi companies.
There is also no incentive on the part of Rydehub to favor one transportation provider over another in any area or through advertisement since Rydehub would not advertise transportation goods or services.
DO NOT take advantage of lowered regulations, USE THEM TO MAKE THE MARKET SAFER AND BEAT BACK UNSAFE RIDESHARE/TNC COMPANIES.
Recently, some state governments have passed laws deregulating Taxis to the same level as Rideshare/TNCs (Uber & Lyft). This does not ‘level the playing field’ or return business to the Taxi industry. Rather it incentivises it’s self destruction while opening the door to companies like Uber and Lyft to now operate within previously restricted Taxi areas as well as themselves operating as Taxi companies.
Lowered regulations that allow selective service and dumping your liability onto customers and the public DO NOT win your markets back.
They simply make you as dangerous and unaccountable as Uber and Lyft while destroying your image with the public.
Uber drivers committed OVER THIRTY SEVEN CONFIRMED SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN ONE CITY IN ONE YEAR (London 2016). More than the cities combined taxi providers in OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS, going back to when taxis were horse drawn.
Yes the companies image with the public and in the media remains untarnished by this.
The average increase in crime and assaults by Rideshare/TNC drivers is the same in EVERY city they operate in and in every city they operate in, they consistently increased the number of assaults on passengers and uninsured accidents caused compared to Taxi companies.
Being anything like a Rideshare/TNC company will only make Taxis look worse and be that much more ignored as an option.