The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01071

Submission Number:
01071
Commenter:
Lo
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Uber drivers are not independant contractors nor partners to Uber. Uber can freely set commission rate and low fare. Drivers can only choose either to drive as a slave to Uber or quit driving. At $4 minimum fare, Uber takes out $1 first and split 20/80 for the balance. That means, Uber takes $1 plus $0.60 and total is $1.60 or 40% commission. At a $10 fare (the average trip fare), Uber takes $1 plus $1.80, and total is $2.80, or 28% commission. Drivers bear all the cost of dead miles, gas fee, insurance, maintenance, car cleaning, car depreciation, car tear and wear and so on. Uber has no reason to collect 28% to 40% commission from every single trip they refer to drivers by using Uber's platform. In my whole life, I never see a business referral fee can go up to 28% or 40%. This is totally unfair and unjust! Uber collects this easy money and they gives free rides, cheap fares and no tips to riders. Riders love Uber. If you see something unjest and you pretend not seeing it, you are one of the accomplices. Thanks God! Riders join with Uber to bully the drivers. Drivers are minority. Who cares about the poor drivers?! Bearing with all operation cost and Uber does not pay for dead miles, allows riders cancel request within 5 minutes for free, allows riders leave drivers waiting for up to 5 minutes before they hop in the car, tells riders no tips is necessary, enpowers riders enjoy the authority to rate drivers with 1-star if the drivers do not load/unload the luggage, do not take the orders from the back seat driver, do not show smiling face and enteraining the riders. There are tons of negative Uber news at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zEFc-4kVqj8o.kUnPEUfPvj3Q Does the public still want to see more in future? What fair is fair? It's not anymore. Generally, no tips the of course no services. But now, no tips, drivers still need to service riders (load/unload luggage, allow riders eating and drinking in the car, provide free phone charging, keep the car clean, keep a smiling face, take the verbal commands from the back seat drivers, satisfying riders' request to speeding, takeing illegal turns, change lanes at riders' command) Of course drivers can refuse to do this. Well, if you don't do it, riders will rate you 1-star without any mercy. Uber will deactivate drivers if driver's rating is below 4.6. This is a simple math! If you get 5-star for straight 9 trips and get 1-star from a rediculous passenger, your rating will be as below: 9 x 5 = 45 (5 Stars for 9 trips) 1 x 1 = 1 (1 star at the 10th trips) total 46 stars, devided by 10 trips, your rating is 4.6 at risk of being deactivated. Driving Uber is loosing money and very stressful job. Drivers do not reward with self-achievement from self-improvement. Uber is totally a bully system by pleaseing the riders, stripping off 28 - 40% commission from drivers and forcing drivers work like a slave but still need to provide best service in wishing to get a 5-star rating. In conclusions, Uber makes lots of money from 28 - 40% commission. Riders enjoy cheap fare and good service from a Uber ride. Of course, riders will sign petitions to ask Uber stay and operate in their cities. Drivers are the ones sacrificing and suffering. If this is what a democrocy shall be, the poor drivers will be very disappointed. Please bring the just and stop the unjust.