Since the beginning of the pandemic, transportation services like Taxis have suffered losses. Uber which is a company specializing in transport is one of them. Over the years the company has had a long-lasting argument with taxi drivers. Because Uber’s service was more optimal for the public, taxi drivers were cast aside. The quarrel between the two was never fully solved but now a collaboration occurred.
55% of Uber drivers stopped providing the transport service in fear of the virus. Because of that, the company was forced to look for a solution that can stabilize its economic situation. The partnership between Uber and Taxi services is tested in New York City. The company mobilized into its ranks 14 thousand taxis, including yellow cabs. This amount is enough to mitigate losses generated because of the pandemic. The deal provides taxi drivers with the opportunity to get an order from an app but does not limit them only to the application usage. It means apart from doing their usual service, if not occupied, they can also optionally drive with uber. However, as cabs are not fully dependent on Uber company, they do not get a default for uber drivers surcharge that soothes the problem of high gas prices.
Uber for a long time has attempted to take out Taxi service. It also has a history of trying to join forces with it. Only now that the pandemic occurred, because of the substantial profit decrease for all transportation services, could both come to an understanding. It is a win-win partnership and it increases the likelihood for people of getting transport throughout NYC. However it may sound, if not for the virus, the services would probably never come to an agreement.