City Council moving to shutdown hundreds of small businesses

PROPOSED CAPS WILL LIMIT OPPORTUNITY FOR DRIVERS

Since the Seattle launch of uberX in April 2013, tens of thousands of Seattleites have embraced this new way of getting around the city and hundreds of drivers have found opportunity via the Uber system.  To riders uberX offers an affordable, green and efficient way of getting around the city.  To drivers it offers flexibility, safety and a level of ownership not typically seen in this space.

The Seattle City Council has proposed devastating regulations that include capping the number of vehicles uberX can have on the road. Not only will this limit transportation options for Seattleites, it will put hundreds of small businesses out of business and remove opportunity for future partners. The full council vote is on March 17th. Show your support for these amazing partner drivers and tell the City Council to #SAVEuberXsea!

Mebrahtu Yohannes

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I have lived in Seattle for about 5 years.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

I worked in valet parking for about three years before partnering with Uber.

How has partnering with Uber changed your life?

Partnering with Uber has been a great experience for me. I used to only make minimum wage so it was very hard to provide for my family and survive with this economy. I love partnering with Uber because I now earn more money which has changed my family’s life.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

It will affect me a lot. I would have to find a new source of income and it would be hard for me to find something where I could earn what I am earning now.

 

Todd Gentry

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I was born in Japan, and as former military brat I have lived in Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arizona and Washington. I have lived in Seattle for 25 years.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

Over the years I have had various corporate and non-profit jobs, and now I own a small business

How has partnering with Uber changed your life?

The income I have made as an Uber partner has helped me save my business when business is slow. It has brought be happiness knowing I am making a positive difference in people’s lives. I have especially enjoyed providing and convenient and reliable ride for the blind and deaf passengers in our community. I really like that we are helping many people get around our great city.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

Shutting down uberX would greatly affect my life in a negative way. I would struggle more to try to make ends meet and the passengers that I help would not have me around as another much needed transportation option.

Getachew N. Kidane

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I have lived in Seattle for 13 years and I am from Eritrea.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

I drove a taxi for Yellow Cab for over 20 years.

How has partnering with Uber changed your life?

I am now working for myself and making more money for my family. With Yellow Cab, I had to earn $100 minimum to cover my lease and gas before I made any money for myself. Talk about stress everyday. On the other hand, as an Uber partner I pay a small percentage from what I make and if I need to I can take more time off for my family.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

Shutting down uberX would take away my financial security and I would have less time with my family.

Ashutosh Bhardwaj

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I’ve been living in Seattle for about 17 years. I came here from New Delhi, India.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

I worked for MV transportation. It’s a shuttle company in Redmond, WA.

How has partnering with Uber changed your life?

Uber definitely changed my life, I have a small daughter. I have more time for her and more money to spend on her. I can think of buying a house near in future, which I could never thought of before.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

It would definitely affect me in every way. I would have no income.

Avtar Singh

How long have you lived in Seattle?

Originally I am from India and I have been living in Seattle since 1991.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

I have been a partner with Uber since March 2013. Before that I worked for STITA Taxi for 18 years, and Farwest Taxi for 3 years..

How has partnering with Uber changed your life? 

Before Uber I was not making good money for myself. I was leasing the taxi license from someone else, expenses were very high and I never had $30,000 to by my own taxi license from a private owner. Partnering with Uber was much less expensive. I am now making more money and I am very happy being an Uber partner.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

My wife and I are working very hard to raise our two children. Our daughter is in college and our son is in high school. If uberX is shutdown, I will loose an opportunity I really like and my family will have a lot of hardship.

Peter Nguyen

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I have lived in Seattle for about 24 years and I am originally from Vietnam.

What did you do before partnering with Uber?

Before partnering with Uber I was working as an import/export agent.

How has partnering with Uber changed your life? 

Since partnering with Uber my life has changed so much. I am my own boss so it gives me all the freedom I need. I work as much as I want to but I also have more time with my family. For the income part, it is awesome. There are times that I could earn $35-$50 an hour.

How would shutting down uberX affect you?

Shutting down uberX will affect my life and my family a lot. I probably will not have as much time for my family. I think it will be hard to find another opportunity like uberX, especially as we are all facing a tough economy and jobs can be hard to find. The truth is the city is not creating enough jobs for the people. So why try to shut uberX down and limit opportunity?

NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THESE PARTNERS! Let the City Council know you support economic opportunity for those in our community and help #SAVEuberXsea!

Name Phone Email
Mike O’Brien 206-684-8800 mike.obrien@seattle.gov
Bruce Harrell 206-684-8804 bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
Jean Godden 206-684-8807 jean.godden@seattle.gov
Nick Licata 206-684-8803 nick.licata@seattle.gov
Kshama Sawant 206-684-8016 kshama.sawant@seattle.gov
Sally Clark 206-684-8802 sally.clark@seattle.gov
Mayor Ed Murray 206-684-4000 Email the Mayor

 

 

 

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