Uber vs. Taxi in Annapolis

| March 31, 2016

Uber vs. Taxi in Annapolis

Annapolis Flyer CabThere may be little doubt that the last time you needed to hire a car/driver you wrestled with the decision of whether to use a ride share app, such as Uber or to call a taxi in Annapolis. This topic has become one of heated debate, and forced some states to create regulations designed to address Uber’s unique business of not necessarily hiring employees, but being a service that merely matches up riders and drivers.

While both services offer advantages, the benefits of taking a taxi can far outweigh those of a ride share app. Here are a few differences between an Uber vs. taxi in Annapolis. 

Cost

Cost may seem to be the biggest argument for using Uber vs. Taxi. Uber may seem cheaper, but the prices can, and will fluctuate. Taxi fares are regulated and will never change, not matter the time of day, or the amount of demand, or the destination. For example, the typical cost of booking a ride in a Town Car from Annapolis to an airport such as Dulles is approximately $160, while an Uber X could run you up to $245 for the same trip! Recently Uber riders in many cities felt a noticeable price hike on New Year’s Eve to get home after their evening’s festivities.

Safety

In most states, Uber drivers are considered an independent contractor. While Uber does require its drivers to pass a background check, the lack of employee or company loyalty can be disturbing to some people. There is also the issue trusting your driver, as the Kalamazoo Uber driver demonstrated. Most states have strict licensing and insurance guidelines required of taxi companies, and there is more accountability for their drivers. When you download the Uber app, you have to agree to the terms and conditions. Make sure you know what you are agreeing to, which in many ways absolves Uber from significant liabilitiy.

Convenience and Reliability

One of the biggest benefits of taxi services is the ability to arrange for a specific pick-up date and time. This reliability is reassuring, especially when you need transportation to the airport or a business meeting. Simply call ahead and you will be guaranteed a driver to arrive as arranged. With ride-sharing apps, there is no guarantee that a driver will arrive on time, nor if there will even be a driver in your proximity when needed. If you require service you can schedule and trust, calling a cab company is arguably your best bet.

Ride-sharing app services are still evolving and developing. Taxi services have existed for hundreds of years and have proven its reliance, safety, and worth. While on the surface using a ride-sharing app seems like a good idea, you may want to seriously reconsider choosing and industry that is in its infancy and may not be as stringently regulated as the taxi cab industry.

This breakdown of Uber vs. Taxi in Annapolis came from Annapolis Flyer Cab, the leading taxi cab company in Annapolis, Maryland. Flyer Cab provides dependable and fast service to the state’s capital and surrounding areas. They also offer professional driving services both for professionals and individuals. Call Annapolis Flyer Cab taxi service next time you need a ride. For more information, visit www.AnnapolisFlyerCab.com or www.AnnapolisFlyerCab.com/blog.

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  1. Philip says:

    Probably should have titled this article “Why you should take a taxi and not Uber” instead…

  2. Alex says:

    Sadly in Annapolis, there’s also no guarantees that the cab companies will answer your call OR show up when they say they will (especially on busy nights. When I worked in the restaurant business I would sometimes have to spend 20-30 minutes on the phone just trying to track down a cab for my customers). I have found the cab service in Annapolis to be extremely spotty and unreliable – hence my move to uber.

  3. Doug says:

    Let’s compare two competitors but allow one to write the “advertorial”. You guys should not have posted this. How much did they pay you? Or was it a slow news day?

  4. Steve says:

    This isn’t uber vs. taxi. This is a paid ad for Annapolis flyer. Useless. Taxis aren’t going to survive without addressing their weaknesses (old cars, some crappy drivers, sometimes don’t show up). There are reasons why uber is successful. Here’s one: Their drivers don’t complain the whole trip about having to take a credit card.

  5. Daryl Hodge says:

    An article from a taxi company is a little biased. They’re fighting competition behind a government protected licensing scheme.

  6. Liz says:

    I’m shocked to see a taxi company promoting taxi services over ride sharing services. Seriously? I have no dog in this fight, but this is beyond biased. I expect better from Eye on Annapolis.

  7. Kahn says:

    That’s the best and worth comparison.Uber rips you off when there is surge price on.

    • Kirk G says:

      If surge pricing is in effect, the app notifies you before you confirm your pickup. If the price is too high, you can find alternate transportation.

  8. Daryl Hodge says:

    An article written by a taxi company is biased. Taxi companies hide behind a government protected licensing scheme.

  9. Heather says:

    This article is a joke, right? Oh, it’s written by a cab company? How cute. I need a ride today and I’m going to use Uber. No problems with decision making for me! The cabs in this town are nasty and nearly falling apart. You might get a MRSA infection from sitting in one. Further, the drivers are a menace. One driver likes to fly through the 4 way stop sign in my neighborhood several times a night on the weekends. Doesn’t even bother to slow down. If my choice was walking in a hurricane or taking an Annapolis cab, I’d walk.

  10. Jason Hawkins says:

    You guys really are transparent here. This is trying to lead us to call a disgusting, banged up, poorly driven cab. You failed to mention cleanliness, and friendliness as well English speaking. When was the last time a cab driver gave you water or candy: that’s a never. Plus, I’ve seen cabbies at a gas station IN Annapolis throw a whole value meal of trash out the driver side window when somewhat near a trash can. And that can in the pic has to be photoshopped.