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Ride Sharing in zihuatanejo

by Johnny Briefcase @, Monday, April 09, 2018, 11:39 (13 days ago)

As far as I know, there is no large ride sharing organization in Zihua. The Chinese base Didi will now challenge the US based Uber in Toluca near Mexico City. Apparently Uber is currently established in 36 Mexican cities but the article does not list what cities. If such a service attempts to enter the Zihua market, many problems can be foreseen. I am sure the taxi unions won't accept it without a fight. With respect to security, Uber units have some sort of Panic button; but really how effective can that be given the current state of policing in Guerrero ?

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/chinas-didi-chuxing-set-to-take-on-uber/

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by The Fez ⌂ @, Monday, April 09, 2018, 12:36 (13 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

We used UBER several times in Mexico City last week. It was a brilliant way to travel. Only limitation was Wifi access since we don't have a roaming plan on our phones, but we were able to use the free internet at the airport and in front of Starbucks in the city to get our rides without issue.

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by HolyMole @, Monday, April 09, 2018, 14:01 (13 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

We've never used Uber, or any ride-sharing service, but isn't the very existence of these services based on the premise that they can seriously undercut the cost of services provided by local taxis?

We've all wondered how Zihua taxis make any money at all, given their over-abundance and the fact that gasoline prices in Mexico are so high, (basically the same as they are in Canada, i.e. much higher than in the USA).

So, with high gasoline prices, and 'way too many taxis as it is, how much lower can the price of a ride in Centro go, beyond the current 30 pesos?

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 15:55 (12 days ago) @ HolyMole

For me and most of my friends using Uber or Lyft is more about the convenience and security that they offer over taxi service in many cities. I have used Uber-Lyft all over the U.S., including my former home city of Seattle, and places around the world including Mexico. In Seattle it was frustrating to hail taxis and the cars and drivers were frequently sub-standard. Lodging complaints to the taxi companies about poor drivers, poor service or even dirty vehicles seem to go into a black hole. Furthermore I hated dealing with payments at the end of the ride. Often the taxi drivers would give me a hassle if I needed to pay with credit/debit or wouldn't have appropriate change for cash.

With the ride hailing service, not only could I hail a taxi from my phone, I could show exactly where my location was, see who was going to pick me up, watch their progress towards my location, call them on the phone directly if needed and my payment was processed ahead of time. I don't have to wait at the end of the trip to fumble around with payment or look for change, I just get out and go. I can then rate the taxi driver at the end of the trip and their overall ratings matter. The taxi driver can also rate me as a rider. If I forget something in the car I know exactly who to call to get it back. After the first year the rates were not that much different from regular taxis but the level of services and security I felt was so much better. This goes doubly so for the taxis in Mexico city. I had a couple of bad experiences with the taxis in Mexico city and ever since I have only used the ride hailing services there. My experience with them in big cities like Mexico city and Guadalajara have been superb.

All of that being said, I don't much miss those services here in Zihuatanejo because I find the public transportation and taxis in Zihuatanejo to be quite good and rarely do I have problems getting or finding taxis. They provide much better service here in Zihuatanejo than the taxis in many of the U.S. cities I visited ever did.

Sorry if that is more than you bargained for in a response but I had so many bad experiences with taxis in my previous job that I feel passionate about the superior options that ride hailing services provided in many locations. :-)

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by HolyMole @, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 17:44 (12 days ago) @ hromero

Thanks for this. Lots of points I hadn't considered.
(Since we don't have a smart phone, let alone a cell phone, this discussion is, for us, purely academic).
If the success of services like Uber is a response to poor service, poor driving habits, poor vehicle condition and a lack of security from the existing taxi services, you'd think local taxis would clean up their act.
Having taken more than 100 taxi rides during our recent 5 weeks in Zihua, we experienced a cross-section of local services.....including several wild, erratic drivers, a fairly high percentage of vehicles that needed repairs, (mostly suspensions), a few really grungy cabs, and "bedside manners" ranging from thinly-disguised hostility to very pleasantly friendly. Other than a few white-knuckled rides along La Ropa Road, security was never an issue.

Sounds to me like it's cell phone technology and the ability to pre-pay or charge rides that makes all the difference.

Is there usually a cost saving using these new services? Do you think a service like Uber could undercut Zihua's already-low taxi rates? Do most Zihua taxi drivers own their vehicles? (I'm thinking about a Uber driver's owning their own vehicle as an explanation for better service, safer driving, etc.)

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 22:15 (11 days ago) @ HolyMole

I generally find the taxi services in Zihuatanejo to be good and I think that Uber-Lyft would have a harder time penetrating this market due to the readily available supply of taxis and that the pricing is already very competitive. Most of my experience for preferring Uber is outside of Zihuatanejo.

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by Canada1 @, Friday, April 13, 2018, 08:14 (9 days ago) @ HolyMole

but isn't the very existence of these services based on the premise that they can seriously undercut the cost of services provided by local taxis?

Mole
This is called free enterprise!

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by HolyMole @, Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:53 (9 days ago) @ Canada1

I realize that the phrase "free enterprise" has hypnotic, perhaps even erotic qualities for you Alberta Conservatives, Can - but you need more work on "reads with understanding". ;-)

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by Canada1 @, Saturday, April 14, 2018, 19:21 (8 days ago) @ HolyMole

"I realize that the phrase "free enterprise" has hypnotic, perhaps even erotic qualities for you Alberta Conservatives"....which the rest of Canada should embrace even the province which you call home what ever one that may be...I have my suspicions

"(Those funny brackets at the end are my attempt to insert a winking Happy Face)"...better attempt next time sir ;)

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by D-Loco, Monday, April 09, 2018, 19:00 (13 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

I am sure the taxi unions won't accept it without a fight.

When I'm snowbirding in Mazatlan I use Uber only when not using the bus, no taxis. At first the taxi unions caused problems but it eventually toned down. Uber is legal so other than trying to squash the competition there wasn't much basis for the protest.

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by Johnny Briefcase @, Friday, April 13, 2018, 00:33 (9 days ago) @ D-Loco

I am sure the taxi unions won't accept it without a fight.


When I'm snowbirding in Mazatlan I use Uber only when not using the bus, no taxis. At first the taxi unions caused problems but it eventually toned down. Uber is legal so other than trying to squash the competition there wasn't much basis for the protest.

Ride sharing [ UBER ] entry into Quintana Roo. ....JB

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/quintana-roo-voters-will-decide-on-uber/