Ride-Sharing Controversy

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In recent months, there has been controversy surrounding the fairly new and popular concept of ride sharing companies . Primarily, ride-sharing companies are online-based networks that connect passengers with drivers that use their personal vehicles through a mobile platform. Some of the most popular ride-sharing companies include the well-known Uber, Lyft, and Wingz’s. The packleader of them all, Uber, has recently been challenged by the government, taxi companies, and their own drivers over legal matters. They have been accused of bending around labor laws and disregarding regulations around transportation for hire industry in many of the large US cities where they are present. In mid-2015, Uber has been involved in at least 173 different…show more content…
In a study conducted by Business Insider, Uber is a cheaper in the top 20 cities except for New York, where it ties (Silverstein). However, this is after including a customary 20% tip for taxi drivers, which is uncommon among Uber. Additionally, the study was conducted using a 5 mile, 10 minute trip that drives 30 mph the whole way, which shows that this covers only a small part of what most trips are like. Moreover, pricing changes with each different type of ride because of different mileage and time not moving, so the results of this narrow spectrum study is deemed…show more content…
Ridesharing companies claims that with their programs such as Uberpool and Lyft Line, it can actually be beneficial for the environment. As the name implies, Uberpool is a carpooling method based on splitting fares with people going to the same place as you. It's environmentally efficient by having less cars on the road because it reduces single rider fares, resulting in less harmfull emissions (Uber). According to Amanda Eaken, a director of transportation and climate at the National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of emissions in California is from transportation. Additionally, along with the main ideas from “A Struggle to Govern the Commons,” more emissions raise the atmospheric concentrations of CO2, a known greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. So with this, UberPool and Lyft Line may actually make an effect on helping the environment. However there are limitations to this, it is not currently based by any research, just a theoretical hypothesis. Fortunately, some scientific research is on the way. Eaken, along with Professor Susan Shaheen from UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center, is creating a scientific study on the true environmental effects of ridesharing companies. They will compile research from data directly from the
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