The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00019

Submission Number:
00019
Commenter:
Eric Disque
State:
Maryland
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Enforcement has to be met across the entire market and currently cabs are regulated while UBER is not. Which provides UBER an unfair advantage of one competitor to another. Why this is still a debate, I'm unsure. Let's dive into this: Now my question comes from what license requirements (while state issued) are required for cabs? Are these applied to UBER drivers? Why not? If UBER drivers are making money on driving, shouldn't they be regulated as commercial drivers? Why aren't they? And then the CEO of UBER skirting the issue as a "tech company" and providing shady numbers to, not entirely, back up how much an UBER driver can truly make as a full-time driver. Then confusing tax documents are sent to the drivers to get around the fact that they're not employees, and thus skirt laws about commercial driving. All this smoke and mirrors, to me implies, someone hiding something. Arguably to make money for themselves while reducing the amount of payout or ensuring public safety. To me it seems UBER drivers should have insurance premiums and licenses that reflect that they are commercially operated vehicles. At odds with countless cities abroad, countless taxi unions, while misrepresenting the amount you make and are taxed on. So not really in the public interest is it?