How Has Uber Changed the Taxi Industry?

Every industry has to be prepared for change. This includes the taxi industry, but they may not have been quite ready for Uber. This form of taxi has created a great deal of competition for the taxi industry in general.

The Similarities

There are some significant similarities between the traditional taxi and uber. They both are motor vehicles. The responsibility they have is to transport passengers to a specific designation for a fee. Vehicles used for Uber driving and taxi driving must be licenced drivers.

The Differences

Although both the uber and the taxi industries charge a fee for their services, their fee structure is different. Taxi cabs rely on a special meter to determine the distance that has been travelled and the set price for that particular ride.

Uber uses a price scheduling system. However, it may not be a set rate as it can vary even when the travel distance is the same. For example, they may charge more during rush hours, or during holidays. They have even been known to increase rates when special events are being held in the uber area.


Every country that allows the Uber industry in will set its own rules for the uber industry just as it does for its taxi industry. The UK has set some firm rules for vehicles to qualify as uber vehicles. These include:

  • The vehicle being used can be no older than ten years
  • The vehicle must have four doors with each one opening independently
  • The vehicles cannot be branded
  • None of the vehicles used can be classed as being rebuilt or salvaged
  • Each vehicle must pass an appropriate vehicle inspection.

Taxi Rules

Some of the rules for taxi cab owners are different. More emphasis is put on the inspections as well as the knowledge of the driver. In many cases taxi drivers feel that they are being treated unfairly when compared to the uber drivers.