Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Disengagement

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Greens drug policy 2: the…,

    why would the standard of safety for a drug you expect people to take be different depending on their reasons for taking it?

    I'm going to break with tradition and not explain why. I weighed up the cons and found that there were only cons. It felt like something was missing, but ....

    Seriously, I wonder who goes into a course of chemotherapy without once consulting their reasons for taking it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    Cameras? I'm convinced they would be of great benefit to drivers. Therein probably lies the reason that Uber is against them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    I could only presume that the author was basing that on a considerably higher driver income than what has become normal. Which would be nice.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to Sacha,

    That seems highly plausible to me. It's already about half the price of the cheapest alternative except Zoomy, which is running the same model. Which will crack first is the only question. Zoomy have deep pockets behind them too.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    I wonder if the Uber model would have expanded rapidly and been accepted by the public as a cheap option as it has.

    I'll go out on a limb and say absolutely no way. Its business model is buying market share using speculative capital and then pretending to be a sound business by using 19th century labour practices, and an innovative business by inventing their own laws.

    There's desperation in their latest moves here. The huge commissions for new drivers ($750 if you sign up under my code!), the offer of guaranteed $45/hour for people who have not been driving much (not offered to all drivers, probably because it's completely unaffordable), and the repeated attempts and entreaties to get even people who have been prohibited from driving and have faced charges in court over this back on the road for their exploitative job, and the fact that drive times to rides is pushing as high as 30 mins now.

    They can't find drivers. Of course they can get riders, the elasticity of demand makes that a no-brainer. Keep buying riders and you'll get them. But they don't seem to have realized that to get the other side of the business really cranking you actually have to pay the workers well too. And if the payments coming in are less than those going out, you're actually losing money. Some kind of basic math fail....

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    No what I meant was that you could split hairs over what charge would stick to the parent corporation. The charges that can and have stuck to many drivers are ones defined in the act. Metering like a taxi probably could stick too, if any officer was prepared to slot a driver for it. But they don't seem to be doing that. It was dropped before reaching court, IIRC, when that was tried in the past. I don't know why.

    But sure, I've never denied that this aspect of the service is not following the law, although I'm not sure if its in an Act. That's the Operator Licensing Rule, right?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    In NZ Uber is an unlicenced and non approved taxi service.

    That's probably the closest charge that could stick to them. But whether we split hairs over it being a taxi service or a private hire service, neither option makes it some mystical new form of economic model for the driver, in which the "sharing" of their car somehow magically compensates them for the poor pay. It's driving for hire or reward, that much is clearly obvious to absolutely anyone who knows more than nothing about it. Which is unfortunately about as much as it would seem a lot of quite high up people do know about it. Nothing.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    But this is not to detract from your point of the higher moral ground that those apps sit on, the unlevel playing field that they are operating in. It reeks of partiality that NZ transport operations, illegal or otherwise can and have suffered harsh penalties for violations of the exact same transport laws that Uber is breaking on a grand scale, openly, brazenly, in the full sight and knowledge of the public and regulators and enforcement. It's pretty unsettling when the Minister starts using the language of Uber, referring to "ridesharing", as if that is an actual thing, and as if Uber actually does that here, whatever he thinks it is. I have to think that his reason for giving a free pass to the incompetence of all those MPs in the transport committee is because he also doesn't actually know what is really going on either. The cognitive dissonance that comes from maintaining fictions is perhaps starting to take its toll. One tolerates the incompetence of others under those circumstances, in the hope that one won't get caught out for not knowing one's shit too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    Yeah, if you include complying with the Operator Licensing Rules. I think they could have significantly pushed back if their apps were not actually quite shit, though. Dispatching is based on who got to the general area first rather than who is actually closest and wants the job. Then there's no tracking of the vehicle for the passenger so the whole thing of the driver dicking them around and taking ages to come gets traction in the mindset of the app savvy public.

    These are the parts that I agree with in saying Uber was "innovating".

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