Welcome Uber to Des Moines!

Des Moines and surrounding communities should welcome Uber, the internet based company that coordinates ride sharing as an alternative to taxis and limousines.  Uber is now available in the Des Moines area for both drivers (car owners) and for riders.  Uber takes advantage of the fact that most privately owned cars are very under used, and that many car owners have available time to provide a ride to those who need one.  What a great way to earn extra income, or to start your own business full time.  Uber does extensive background checks on people who want to provide rides in order to ensure a high level of safety.  Beyond that, Uber actively solicits riders to rate drivers on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent.  It has been reported that Uber stops working with drivers who’s average rating falls below 4.6.  So, Uber strives for high quality.  (Uber drivers also rate passengers, so it is possible that Uber can also stop serving customers who are abusive.)  Although Uber will be very upsetting to existing taxi companies, the City of Des Moines and surrounding communities should make whatever legal and regulatory changes are needed to allow Uber to operate in the metro area.  If Uber is not doing enough to provide for reasonable customer safety, then laws and regulations should address those issues.  Licensing should not be necessary.  Generating tax revenues or protection of existing businesses should be considered in the process of making any needed changes.

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