It has been pretty sad to see the City of Portland continue to blockade Uber from servicing people in Portland, Oregon. It really seems like the City is shielding dinosaur taxi companies that have built a reputation of providing poor service at top dollar. Yep, that’s right. I think taxi service in Portland stinks but I’m not the only one. So do the thousands who live in Portland and better yet the thousands of people who travel here to be a tourist or do business each year.
One of my friends was in town some months back and she grabbed a cab with Broadway Cab back to the airport and the driver was making misogynistic comments the entire way about how women drivers should be taken off the road, but this is just one example. There are lots of others like the one where a cab driver forced a lesbian couple out of the cab on the freeway.
Taxi service in Portland sucks and taxi service in most cities sucks but in Portland the experience hurts for locals and visitors a lot more than other cities. This is why I am a big supporter of services like Uber and Lyft coming to Portland and disrupting the status quo of an industry that does not want to provide its customers a good service at a good price.
You can listen to politicians touting how Uber doesn’t have insurance or how they are not playing by the rules but these are all just excuses. Uber does have good liability insurance and has tried to play by the city’s rules but the city has rules that block Uber and protect the taxi industry.
Now you can listen to Steve Novick posture on this issue more and more but think about it and give Uber a try and I bet you will agree that Uber is a much better service than Broadway Cab, Radio Cab, Sassys Cab or Green Cab can offer. In fact, a coalition of both big business and small business owners in Portland wrote the city council asking them to support Uber.
You can write the City Council too by simply signing this petition