If you’re a resident of Jordan you’d definitely notice that we have a problem in transportation in this country, and let me be more specific. We have a problem with Taxi’s. Yes we do, unless you have a car and never had to use a taxi before you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. And allow me to give an example, an american staying in Amman for studying. He’s always complaining about Taxi drivers because when they see an american or a person from any other nationality they refuse to turn on the counter and ask for extra money. Just because he’s an American. Also local residents of Amman and other cities are going through the same thing with taxi drivers. Adding to all the trouble taxi drivers tend to pick their passengers and pick their destinations as well which for me doesn’t make any sense what so ever. The main problem here is that there are no rules or regulations on taxi drivers and how they operate in the country. They’re almost free to do whatever they desire which is a major problem.
Yet, there are companies who didn’t give up. There’s Easy Taxi which has been operational for a while now. Using their application seems to be very easy. You just sign up, turn on location on your smart phone and in a finger tip there’s a yellow taxi coming to your way. Although they’re going through some trouble in operating but many people are speaking good about this application. And Taxi Drivers who use it are complaining about it because as they say it doesn’t add any extra prophet for them.
Now there’s even more competition, Just yesterday. 2nd of April 2015 Uber announced a “Soft Launching” in Amman. Yup, the service that has caused a lot of controversy in a lot of places around the world has launched in our city. And we’re the 300th city to have the service. However, i have a feeling that it won’t be very effective here. For a couple of reasons:
- Uber won’t be able to apply it’s (Pick up within minutes) concept. Because the roads of Amman are witnessing traffic jams that are increasing since there’s more cars and roads are the same without any development.
- There’s a big possibility that yellow taxi drivers will be object and protest if they feel threatened by the service. And we’ve all seen what happened in France and other major cities and what taxi drivers did there to object Uber.
- Uber only accepts payment through credit card. Which in my opinion seems as if they’re saying (If you don’t have a Credit Card you’re not worth using the service). However, to be fair. They did tell me in a TWEET that they’re allowing & providing online credit cards and to be honest i still don’t find this effective. Maybe if i was more financially comfortable i wouldn’t find it a problem but still, there has to be other ways of payment.
I hate to look at things the way i do right now, but we have to look at the reality in front of our own eyes, I really don’t know if Uber did a study on the need of the service here in Amman but if they did i hope they’re considering all the facts that are out there from of their own eyes. Some people who tried to service here in Amman seem to be happy about it. I hope all those things i talked about become from the past but i see that highly unlikely giving the current circumstances we’re in.
— Hazem Zureiqat حازم (@hazem) April 3, 2015
What do you guys think about Uber?, what do you think about what i discussed?. I would love to hear from you.
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