Uber giving taxi drivers competition in Savannah - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Uber giving taxi drivers competition in Savannah


Uber, the popular car service app that’s sweeping the nation, is giving taxi drivers a run for their money.

Uber was introduced to Savannah in May 2015, and since then, it’s impacted more than just Uber users.

“Right now, we’re at our absolute slowest,” said Shannon Brentliles, manager of Yellow Cab of Savannah.

Brentliles said that this time of year is typically slow for business, but the introduction of Uber in Savannah doesn’t help. In fact, it’s making him even more concerned about his business.

"I think it should all just be fair. I think it should be fair for the driver, the customer. And I think the key is safety,” Brentliles said.

State legislation, which was signed into effect earlier this year, allows for services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Georgia.

Drivers don't need any special training or licenses or cars, just a clean background check and insurance.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, after requesting a driver through the app, WTOC took a ride with Larry Bing, who said he’s embracing the new job.

"I love it. I mean, I've met a lot of really great people out here. The only sign that I have here on my car is the Uber sticker, so that way people can identify that I am Uber,” said Bing.

It may be hurting cab companies throughout Savannah, but Uber may not be bad news in other ways. According to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, there were 311 DUI’s in Savannah in 2014.

This year, there's only been 151 to date.

With Uber in Savannah for only a few months so far, SCMPD said it can't attribute the lower amount of DUI's directly to the app, but only time will tell who Uber harms and who it helps.

Copyright 2015 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly