Is Uber Safe?

Is Uber Safe?

Zac Jacobson, News Editor

Taxi company Uber has not been on the good side of news lately. It is facing some controversy over its standards as anybody, regardless of taxi license or not, can be a driver, which begs the question; Is Uber safe?

“Well, [Uber] certainly is a lot safer than most cab companies,” Rachel Formanek, senior said.

The controversial cab company has stated that they, “try to make the best experience for the passenger and the driver in the safest way possible,” but many would disagree.

“Somebody could get seriously hurt or even killed riding an Uber,” Jack Seiler, Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale, stated in an interview with the Sun Sentinel.

Even as the dispute continues nationwide, Uber’s sales have skyrocketed. Since its inception 5 years ago, it has made over $41 million.

“Uber is still going to make money, regardless of the controversy. When cigarette commercials were banned 40 years ago, the tobacco business was still alive,” Seiler said.

Politicians, such as Seiler, have gone above and beyond to ensure safety in taxi cabs. For example, Uber is now banned from Broward County.

Uber was not the only company to have drivers using their own cars. Lyft, with its flamboyant pink mustaches, is the third most profitable taxi company in the world and it has also incorporated Uber’s general policy. They too have been banned from Broward County.

Even with all of the debate, regular taxis can be just as unsafe.

Formanek said, “A taxi would not be that much different than an Uber. If you have ever been to New York, you know that the taxi drivers drive like maniacs. It’s not the license that is hurting Uber, it’s the uncertainty of safety.”