Transportation problems are the worst. I usually have to ask my friend if I could hitch a ride with her whenever we’d go out because no one else could drive me, and my mom is very uneasy about the thought of me riding a cab by myself. There are so many crimes involving taxis and I’d rather be safe than sorry. So, when Uber, an app-based, ride-hailing transportation service, emerged in Metro Manila, I was quick to try it out.
Most of the regular taxi drivers haggle for the payment. Even if the meter reads P200, he’ll ask for P300 because it was too traffic/it was so far/your drop-off was so out of the way from where he wanted to go/etc. He’ll create so many excuses just so you could add an unreasonable amount on top of what the meter read. With Uber, there’s no negotiation involved. Heck, you don’t even have to bring out money! Once you register for an Uber account, it requires you to register your credit card, so after every ride, they just charge you and send you an e-receipt via your email address. They’ll show you the breakdown of the payment as well so you know you’re not being fooled.
Of course, taxi companies are having an uproar because they’re starting to lose passengers, all thanks to Uber. Uber cars are required to be not over 7 years old and I can guarantee that their vehicles are always so clean and drivers so courteous. Some even get out of the car to open the door for you. They even let you control the radio and A/C level. Do regular cabs do that? Hell no.
Personally, I do not understand why some people are pushing to ban Uber in Manila. If they want us to keep riding their cabs, then please do provide us with the clean, safe, and reliable service that Uber has already offered.
illustrations by Kim Alivia
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