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An “Uber” trendy way to get around

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is in the second batch of cities in the state selected for the ride sharing application after Charlotte and Raleigh.

Users simply open the app, request a pick up and the nearest available Uber driver gets a notification. The app tells you who is coming to get you and what kind of car they’ll be driving. All payment can be made through the app, so there’s no need for cash.

Uber drivers use their personal car and work whenever they want. Wilmington Uber driver Jonathan Ward owns a printing company and uses Uber to make some extra money. He says it’s a safer, more convenient transportation option.

“I would get in any Uber driver’s vehicle personally, and that says a lot, ’cause I wouldn’t just jump in anyone’s car,” Ward said.

The drivers go through a criminal and sex offender background check before they can become an Uber partner.

Ward thinks once the word gets out about Uber, many folks will choose it over other transportation services like taxi’s.

Manager of the local cab company Katt’s Taxi Tracie Chrisante says, “The taxi industry has to step up.”

She says there will always be competition, but the taxi industry is going to have to step up it’s game.
“Cabs should be clean, drivers should be nice,” Chrisante said.

Because ride-sharing apps are fairly new, legislation regulating the services have yet to catch up. States are slowly but surly clarifying how these services handle insurance policies.

Folks that have used Uber in other cities rave about their service. Kendra Bullington has used Uber many times. She says, “It’s more personable than a taxi and honestly more reliable. I’ve never had a bad experience with Uber.”


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