Yesterday Uber were offering free rides under UberX and UberTaxi, Commuters were overjoy but the joy soon turn to anger!
Commuters wanting to get the free rides are not able to get a UberX Car/Taxi and they are crying foul over the free rides, questioning whether the Free Rides really exists?
The Truth is, there is free rides, but two reasons behind why you cannot get a ride when you need one.
1) Over Demand for the free rides where not enough UberX Cars and Taxis to cater to all the demand.
2) The number of Taxi Joining as Uber Taxi might be limited. I had came across the Uber Taxi about one and half month ago and given the facts that some taxi drivers like me are angry about the business model of Uber. We had in fact boycotting the Uber Taxi Apps until LTA put a stand on the Uber Business Model.
A normal night like yesterday, resulted in lacking of taxis as non essential travel using Uber X or UberTaxi. Who doesn’t want to have a comfortable rides without cramping inside a pack MRT or Bus without paying a single cent?
Those who unsuccessfully taking the free rides are angry and they have to restored calling for a taxi using conversional apps, GrabTaxi or easyTaxi. In the end, the commuters end up paying more.
All this resulted Grab Taxi coming up a promotion to counter Uber promotion. In the End, majority of the taxi are concentrating on this two apps resulted in lesser taxi plying the roads.
In Summary, it’s can consider a success for Uber but it’s a failure for Taxi Drivers and Commuters. Uber is considered lucky that the promotion is not held on Friday, otherwise there will be Chaos in Singapore!