Posts by BenWilson

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Erin,

    Re Uber Assist – do you know if there are any plans for Uber to become part of the Total Mobility scheme?

    I'm not aware, I'm sorry. It would be awesome.

    I am a wheelchair user myself who would consider using Uber but given I can get 50% off using taxi companies, it doesn’t really seem worth my while.

    I can imagine. When the service was first announced, I did not expect high demand for it. So far, I'm still to give a ride to an actually disabled person. The service, however, doesn't require you to be disabled. It's entirely opt-in, and could be used by anyone who anticipates having higher needs. This could just be a mum with a couple of kids and some shopping, who is worried a driver might be unsympathetic to the difficulties associated.

    Or, which may have happened to me last night (I'm not sure, it only occurred to me afterward), a rider who had the ride called for her by her mother. I thought it was probably a mistake and told her how to disable the option in the app if so. But on reflection I couldn't be sure that the mother hadn't specifically chosen uberASSIST. The rider could have been much younger than she looked, could have been a minor. The business of calling me in remotely like that does involve a non-vanilla pickup, and perhaps the worry is that a normal Uber driver would possibly have cancelled the trip off.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Alfie,

    Why not?

    Above my pay grade, that one. Question for NZTA? Or the Minister? Or a lawyer?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Alfie,

    The NZTA has just announced that it will prosecute individuals who do not hold a P licence.

    This has been their position all along, of course. As it should be.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Thanks Hilary...been flat out on my non-Uber life for a couple of hours. Will try to address questions for a bit.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    How do we link that?

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to oga,

    Do you have the complimentary bottle of water thing in NZ?

    I do it myself, but there's no Uber policy about it. My wife talked me out of being el cheapo and just filling used bottles myself, so I buy them in bulk as a deductible expense. Surprisingly few people take up the offer, but those who do are usually extremely appreciative. It's a very low cost way of improving the ride experience.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Eediot,

    Well people, I'm gonna hit the road now. Replies will be intermittent at best, I hope, until tomorrow.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Martin Brown,

    There's a lot to like about it. I was a convert after the first ride. Like most riders, I was concerned about how it was possible for the income to be reasonable when the prices were so low. But the drivers told me it was because they got a lot more work, that it was efficiently organized, I could see it was at least possible. And absolutely there are many points on which it is clearly a far better service than a normal cab, aside from price.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to James Green,

    There is so much to like as rider.

    And as a driver! I want it to stay that way.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Martin Brown,

    yet I’ve spoken to a couple more recently who reckon their turnover has increased since the drop. Go figure.

    Yes, I'd kind of like to leave off the discussion of the fairness of the rates and what it will mean and focus on the compliance side here. But rest assured, I will get to that! There is a great deal to say.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

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