Ride-share program Uber could be coming to Knoxville

Ride-share program Uber could be coming to Knoxville

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Taxi cab driver Tracie Jones says she doesn't like the idea of Uber because Knoxville and TBI inspects her vehicle. Taxi cab driver Tracie Jones says she doesn't like the idea of Uber because Knoxville and TBI inspects her vehicle.
"In the past I've tried looking on Google for taxis if I want to call one. Now wherever you are you can just use the app," said Johannes Schmieder. "In the past I've tried looking on Google for taxis if I want to call one. Now wherever you are you can just use the app," said Johannes Schmieder.
Knoxville, Tenn - By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Big cities across the country, even across the world are changing the way you flag down a cab with the service called Uber. You could soon see it here in East Tennessee, the company recently posting an add looking for local drivers.

Are you tired of seeing expired signs flashing on parking meters and would rather someone else do the driving? No need to worry, there's an app for that.

"Every city has different taxi companies, so you have to know the number of the taxi company in the city you're in. In the past I've tried looking on Google for taxis if I wanted to call one. Now wherever you are you can just use the app," said Johannes Schmieder visiting from Boston.

The ride-share program Uber could be coming to Knoxville, essentially you plug in where you want to be picked up, the type of car you'd like, and Uber finds the nearest driver. The company's pricing works off a rate per mile, factoring in speed.

"I think it could work well in a city like Knoxville," added Schmieder.

Local taxi cab drivers, like Tracie Jones who owns A Classy Taxi, say they don't like this idea. Adding, when you step into her cab you know it's safe, because Jones has been inspected by TBI and Knoxville police.

"When they come out to do your annual inspection, they walk all the way around your vehicle, they check everything. They do a ride along with you, plus they verify your meter is correct," said Jones.

Uber says they too screen drivers with background checks and regular motor vehicle checks, making sure every driver is insured and legally qualified to work.

"I think it's just the new way of hailing cabs down, you just do it through your phone and it's much easier. I think it sounds safer and more friendly. I would use it if it were here in Knoxville," said resident Maggie Martel.

We've also learned customers pay their fare through credit cards or PayPal accounts.
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