Uber May Soon be Allowed to Pick up Passengers at Airport
City officials in Atlanta might soon allow rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The Transportation Committee reports that initial discussions look promising as the city attempts to explore the best ways in which to implement this new form of transportation at the airport. Committee Chair Felicia Moore informed news organizations that it appears like it will be just a matter of time before Uber and other ridesharing companies are allowed to pickup at airports, the issue is really more of how the city will structure ridesharing pickups so as to maintain safety and efficiency.
At a workshop intended to offer local individuals a chance to express their views on the proposed change, most residents seemed to welcome the introduction of Uber at the airport and felt it may drive down costs. Currently, ridesharing companies are not allowed to pick up passengers and some drivers have been issued citations for attempting to do so.
Ridesharing Safety Concerns
There have been some safety concerns with Uber and other ridesharing businesses that hopefully will continue to be addressed in the future as the companies and programs expand. According to the website whosdrivingyou.com, a public safety campaign sponsored by the Taxicab, Limousine, & Paratransit Association (TLPA), some reported ridesharing accidents include two deaths, six alleged kidnappings, 24 alleged sexual assaults and harassments as well as 16 alleged assaults by drivers.
There have also been some reported insurance issues with the company, which considers its drivers to be independent contractors and requires drivers to carry their own insurance policies. Some injured passengers have complained that they were unable to obtain compensation for their injuries due to Uber and other ridesharing companies waiver requirements and hiring structure.
Ridesharing programs offer freedom of choice to consumers and appear to be around to stay. It is important that as these companies grow, all insurance issues are handled and clarified so that anyone injured in a ridesharing related accident can obtain adequate compensation for their injuries. Passengers should know that all drivers have been screened and do not have prior convictions for traffic offenses or other offenses that could indicate a potential threat to their safety. With care and planning, ridesharing can offer a strong transportation option for Atlanta residents.
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It seems likely that ridesharing companies will soon be able to pick up passengers from the airport, likely increasing the already strong popularity of this transportation option. We hope that Atlanta drivers and ridesharing companies follow a few simple steps to ensuring passenger safety. If you are injured in an automobile accident involving a ridesharing driver, the Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law are here to help.
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