A list of our current projects in testing, projects currently in use and SOLUTIONS for vetted commercial carriers dealing with fraudulent carriers such as Uber and Lyft.
Universal hail app Rydehub
Status: In beta testing in Syracuse, NY
Ride Safe has been in development of Rydehub since 2015.
Rydehub is meant as a non-profit universal hail app in the public domain.
*All users appear on GPS ONLY when they wish to offer or hail a ride.
*Call-in ride arrangement which results in the driver seeing a customer order in-app on GPS.
*ALL forms of commercial transit (ground, sea, air) listed and available for order options through the app.
*Payment options left to provider and customer.
*No identification or profile/login required, just a phone number.
*Rates can be fixed or negotiable.
*Dispatch version for providers
*App works in browser, no need to download or have an intrusive app loaded to your phone
Ride Safe Dash Cam express
Status: Operational testing in Green Bay, WI
One of the biggest problems with Dash Cam footage is what to do with it once you have it recorded.
Currently law enforcement compliance with retrieving dash cam footage and properly preparing it for judicial and insurance purposes can be as much as 48 hours.
The cab or bus company with the dash cam is expected to prepare and export the video on their own with no assistance from law enforcement.
Preparring the footage, storing it and making it available to view or download are integral to dash cam systems functioning to their full potential.
However there are currently no practical means to expedite dash cam footage for legal purposes and many taxi and bus providers lack the IT infrastructure to store dash cam video.
Ride Safe has an unlimited server storage platform we wish to share FOR FREE with all vetted taxi, bus and air travel providers who use camera systems.
Some charges would apply for excessive storage and some export options.
However the ability to store incident footage and export that footage in under an hour to all law enforcement and insurance carriers would be Entirely free to all vetted and properly insured carriers.
Ride Safe plate database
Status: Currently in full operation and application, First report release to FTC and public in March 2018
Since 2015 Ride Safe has maintained a Plate reporting system.
Vetted providers, customers and members of the general public can report the plates of unsafe commercial drivers to the Ride Safe system. Membership is required as we must screen all persons reporting plates for confirmation.
Through open records checking, Ride Safe is able to determine if the plate reported belongs to a vetted and insured carrier or is itself vetted and insured to operate commercially.
Over 90% of all Uber and Lyft vehicles DO NOT have proper vetting and Insurance to operate commercially. Rideshare drivers often do not report comercial use of these vehicles to lease holders, their own insurance providers and potential buyers when they sell these vehicles. This forces an immense amount of fraud and incidental damage onto the general public, tax payers and properly insured commercial carriers who experience insurance inflation as a result of uninsured operations by rideshare drivers.
This is currently the primary issue in the commercial transportation market and the reason Ride Safe developed plate reporting as the primary system of exposing rideshare fraud.
A comprehensive list and database of illegal taxis and fraudulent rideshare vehicles has proven that the system of rideshare scams can be beaten with simple responsible records keeping.
If Ride Safe’s system can be implemented to more cities and states, we can put an end to rideshare scams like Uber and Lyft once and for all.
Ride Safe incident report database
In current operation, Records release to public in March 2018
Many groups claiming to work to end the epidemic of fraud and assaults that rideshare companies cause, maintain a very light feilding of incident reports in the commercial transportation industry.
However these reports fail to do any follow up or a comparative study on the number of incidents caused by the rideshare industry compared to those caused by other transportation providers.
In December of 2017, Ride Safe launched it’s own incident report database. Ride Safe’s own Sean Stultz established the social network reporting system that has already provided comprehensive reporting and follow up on each incident reported.
This database is an entirely new and improved way of reporting and tracking incidents caused not only by rideshare drivers but other transportation providers including taxi providers, in order to offer a comprehensive picture of the epidemic of assaults being caused by rideshare companies.
Our database has grown and provided actual follow up on each reported incident instead of simply reporting the initial incidents or news articles.
Currently Ride Safe has discovored that in the cities of London (UK), New York (USA) and Madison (USA), the presence of Uber and Lyft has directly increased crime comitted by commercial transit providers by no less than 40%. In London Uber drivers directly increased crime comitted by drivers by over 60%.
It is now an ACADEMIC FACT that rideshare comapnies are directly responsible for not only an increase in crime but also an increase in traffic accidents and congestion.
This database and the Ride Safe plate reporting database are essential evidence of this.
Sharred Ride service development
One aspect of traditional Taxi operations that could be improved to better serve the public is sharred ride service.
Unlike “ride share” service, ‘sharred ride’ service deals with sharring one vehicle along the same path through a city to provide rides to more than one customer at a time.
These systems greatly reduce the carbon footprint of the vehicle as well as greatly increasing profit, not only for the driver but also the taxi company.
Sharred ride service also lowers the fare rate for the customers as they share their ride with others.
Sharred ride service also greatly expedites all fares as well as providing pick up and drop off much faster to each customer.
Both Uber and Lyft have attempted to offer this method of service however the model has failed with rideshare providers.
Rideshare drivers find the system dificult to provide and the apps do not properly coordinate or arrange the rides.
Ride Safe intends to integrate new app technology into it’s Rydehub app in order to allow taxi providers to effectively arrange sharred ride service to all fares if they choose to share rides for a lower fare.
Micro van shuttling
Advanced congestion shuttling and express service at low cost with high profit returns.
In countries like Japan (where Uber is banned) and China (where Uber was forced out by the state run DIDI service) there are amazing fleets of cheap to service, cheap to operate and virtually indestructable vehciles that get up to 60MPG called ‘Micro trucks’.
The van varriant of these vehicles come in several different styles that can also service western customers and cargo.
One major issue in asian taxi markets, that is also becoming an issue in western markets is POPULATION and over congestion during major sporting, political and concert events.
Taxi companies often struggle with providing fast service in a climate of streets over saturated by rideshare vehicles that can get to customers in a fraction of the time. Not because rideshares are safer or more efficient but because there are so many and the number of them is entirely unregulated to effectively provide a living wage for any more than a small fraction of their drivers.
During the Ride Safe sting operation in Green bay during the packer game on December 23rd 2017, ride safe noticed nearly emplty taxi lanes with only a few taxis waiting over a half hour for pre-arranged calls while angry potential customers searched for available taxis only to give up and call an Uber or Lyft.
THIS is where the taxi industry can access, improve upon and profit from a MAJOR defect in the “GIG” economy model with rideshares.
Micro vans are often regulated to go less than 25MPH in most American cities.
However this is all that would be needed to provide limited shuttling to expedite customers from heavily congested areas by way of exclusive street hailing to near by business and residential areas OR a fast track taxi stant pickup area.
Fares in these vehciles would be minimal and customers would be encouraged to share the rides not just for the lower fares but also to get customers moving FASTER.
This system would greatly redouce carbon footprint and congestion caused by rideshares while also providing vital transportation needs duirng congested times.
In slower times of the day these shuttles could provide regular route services, job transportation, delivery services and even short range paratransit services.
Paratransit services have been in jeapardy in many cities through out the US due to deductions in federal assistance and of course the emergency of rideshare comapnies who routinely refuse service to the disabled.
For such a project to becaome a reality, the taxi industry would have to petition for municipal laws to allow exclusive street hailing for these vehicles as apposed to mandating ALL taxi vehciles also take call service during heavily congested times.
Political, legal and law enforcement solutions
1- Amending rational legislation to rideshare laws:
Spin advertizers and lobbyists working for Rideshare companies like Uber refer to rideshare laws as ‘common sense laws’, while they neglect to mandate safety, background checks on drivers or actual insurance coverage customers.
Ride Safe proposes RATIONAL legislation in the transportation industry.
These so-called “common sence” Rideshare laws are often written by Uber Lobbyists and passed at the sate, municipal and national level are difficult to overturn however there are modifications to these laws that even Uber and Lyft can not argue against.
If properly presented to and by legislators with the right evidence and support, there is no reason why any legislator would refuse to enact a rational modification to current rideshare laws which would end the epidemic of assaults and uninsured operations.
Simple modifications to current rideshare laws that do not currently exist:
A- Mandate that the rideshare driver communicate commercial operations of their own vehcile for the company named (Uber/Lyft) and provide this for the public posted in the vehicle and for public record at the assigned regulatory body.
B- Mandate fingerprint background checks for each driver with the same level of oversight as those conducted for taxi drivers, bus drivers, security guards and police. Record of this should be posted with a photo ID issued to be posted in the vehcile and also for public record with the assigned regulatory body.
C- Mandate that ALL lease, insurance, warranty and any laon or lein holders on the driver’s vehcile must be notified in writting that the vehicle is being operated for commercial usage. These records also to be publicly available with the assigned regulatory body.
D- Mandate that each vehcile must indergo a 16 point inspection no less than four times annualy provided either by the regulatory body or at the driver’s cost. Record of this to be publicly available with the assigned regulatory body.
E- mandate that each vehicle must display on it’s front and rear an assigned neumeric permit sticker indicating compliance and status as a rideshare vehcile for law enforcement compliance and verification.
F- Mandate that the insurance policy coverage offerred by the rideshare comapny CAN NOT be invalidated to protect the cusotmer in any incident of BODILY HARM by any contractural or service agreement between the customer, driver and rideshare company.
***Currently the service term agreements between Uber, Lyft and their customers invalidate effective insurance coverage to protect customers and other motorists.***
Any ONE of these mandates would eliminate 80% of the current issues of fraud and crime comitted by ridesahre drivers and rideshare companies.
Yet Uber and Lyft REFUSE to comply with any of them, often claiming that these kinds of standards are “unfair”.
Neither Uber or Lyft have EVER provided any reason or evidence as to why they would be unfair.
Ride Safe strives to regularly petition law makers to present new bills and addages to existing bills in order to establish these rational mandates.
2- Lawsuits by victims
When ever the victim of a rideshare (Uber/Lyft) driver has sued Uber or Lyft directly as a cause, these companys comply and settle before the cases ever reach a jury or judges decision.
- In a recent lawsuit filed by Uber drivers in Atlantic city last year, Uber drivers sued taxi drivers of the city because the taxi driver had been using Uber and Lyft logos to take fares away from the rideshare drivers.
Even though it was PROVEN that the taxi drivers had done this, neither Uber or Lyft appeared to be included in the suit against the taxi drivers OR file a lawsuit of their own.
Uber and Lyft will NEVER be able to defend their business model or even brand names in a court of law because THEY KNOW THEY ARE ENTIRELY FRAUDULENT.
No jury would side with a comapny when it is revealed in a court room that that same comapny is responsible for more uninsured wrecks and assaults on customers than the COMBINED taxi providers of an entire country over DECADES.
Uber and Lyft DO NOT want court room trials to get to that stage.
This is why more victims of rideshare drivers and more taxi compnies should consider taking Uber and Lyft directly to court for their invovlement in fraud and assault.
The litigation is simple and rideshare companies lack the ability to defend against their own incrimination.
Ride Safe has been collecting and reporting on ridehsare licence plates for over TWO YEARS and both Uber and Lyft have had full knowlegde of this since the beginning.
Despite several threats by rideshare drivers, no individual or group has ever sued or prosecuted Ride Safe for collecting plate numbers or reporting the public information results on them.
This is because rideshare companies and their drivers KNOW they are comitting fraud.
END THE MEDALLION SYSTEMS
The medallion system was originally used in lage cities to regulate companies so their drivers could make money.
Over saturated fleets mean drivers do not make money driving.
Uber, Lyft and their drivers know this all to well although they remain ignorant as to why, though this is common knowlegde to any veteran in the taxi industry.
Medallions have also become a fraudulent loan and banking system for many taxi comapny owners and drivers who treat them as an over priced investment.
Because of the existance of rideshare companies, the value of medallions once valued at hundreds of thousands are now worhtless and many taxi comapnies are claiming bankrupcies and major losses as a result.
The system should NEVER have been allowed to exist in this fasion and it is time for the taxi industry to GROW UP and put it behind them.
A simple flatt permit structure like the ones being used by THE MAJORITY of municipalities with taxi ordinances in the US will properly regulate fleet sizes without establishing a fraudulent and over priced exchange system for permitting ONE single vehicle.
In Madison Wiscosnin an idividual or taxi company owner can permit as many vehciles as they wish for $60 per vehcile to cover inspection and initial registration and the permit lasts for the life of the vehcile as a commercial carrier.
The individual or company also pays $2200 bi-annually to the city to cover quarterly inspections and permit and background checking services on drivers.
There is no reason this same system should not be in use by EVERY city and EVERY taxi company.
Taxi providers should petition their local law makers for similar programs in replacement of medallion systems.
Medallion values will continue to lose value until they are entirely worhtless. Nothing is going to stop this. Even if rideshares are eradicated from every market.