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Presentation for Wisconsin Senate and Assembly rideshares

To all Senators and Assembly representatives of Wisconsin.

From:

Justin La Plante

499 Blackbird Ln

Madison, WI 53704

Email: colitisscope@gmail.com

Phone: 608-886-5302

Concerning:

WI, Senate Bill 106 Link:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/proposals/sb106

WI, Assembly Bill 143 Link:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/proposals/ab143

Rideshare/TNC companies operating in Wisconsin.

Due to the information I have collected over the last year concerning TNC companies Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Zimride, I believe the allowances provided by this proposed legislation would be severely damaging not just to the commercial transportation industry but to consumer protections and consumer confidence state wide with regard to commercial transportation. I have collected and am providing to you undeniable proof to that effect.

On March 30th, 2015 I was contacted by an Uber driver wishing to provide testimony concerning the business practices of Uber Technologies in the Madison Area which he believes to be deceptive, fraudulent, illicit and unfair not only to Uber’s drivers but their customers and the general public as well.

The Uber driver’s name is Paul Reznikoff

He can be contacted for further questions and information.

His contact information has been provided to each State Senate and Assembly office.

Paul Reznikoff has provided to the public record the actual Uber driver contract titled ‘Rasier Software Sublicense & Online Services Agreement’. This is a document that has been previously unavailable.

Rasier LLC is a Delaware company which defines it’s relationship with Uber Technologies as:

‘Providing lead generation to the transportation Provider comprised of requests for transportation service made by individuals using Uber Technologies, Inc’s mobile application (“Users”).”

-From ‘Rasier Software Sublicense & Online Services Agreement’

(contract Uber drivers operate under)

Please reference Uber’s actual driver contract agreement.

Uber’s Driver contract agreement:

https://uber-regulatory-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/country/united_states/p2p/Rasier%20Software%20Sublicense%20Agreement%20June%2021%202014.pdf

This contract contains several waivers, liability statements, conduct rules and insurance statements which contradict information that has been provided by Uber representatives and Lobbyists.

1- There is no clear definition or code of conduct defined in the document. Rather there are clear waivers of liability with regard to Uber and Rasier’s liability concerning the conduct of Uber drivers.

2- The terms of insurance coverage in the Rasier contract for uber drivers clearly state that it is the Uber driver and the driver alone (not Uber Technologies or Rasier) who is ultimately responsible for any and all damages caused to customers using the service. This clearly nullifies the liability of Uber’s surplus line policy, Making their obligation to cover any damages and incidentals purely voluntary.

Link to Uber’s ‘James River’ surplus line Insurance policy:

http://www.whosdrivingyou.org/ubers-leaked-insurance.html

Uber’s customer service term agreement:

https://www.uber.com/legal/usa/terms

This agreement reflects the same liability waivers as those in the terms of the Uber Drivers contract.

Most notably with respect to Insurance, codes of conduct and the liability of Uber to compensate or cover any damages or incidentals stemming from the driver’s activity using the app.

Furthermore, it waives the liability of Uber, its associates and employees to maintain any accountability with respect to their own advertising, guarantees and their advertised level of safety and insurance to customers and drivers.

Problems with Insurance companies that now offer coverage to Uber drivers

This is a link to the recent program offered by Farmers insurance in colorado:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/farmers-insurance-one-of-colorados-top-insurers-enters-rideshare-insurance-market-with-introduction-of-new-option-for-colorado-drivers-300021370.html

Make note from the information provided in this release that these policies add an additional premium while also limiting the time a driver may use their own vehicle as a rideshare vehicle.

These policies also DO NOT cover the driver for times when customers are in the vehicle.

These terms have been the same with EVERY proposed policy offered by an insurance company to a rideshare driver for a non-commercial/livery grade policy.

Farmers and other insurance providers who have proposed policies like this one have made no proposals for a commercial/livery grade policy to cover rideshare drivers WHILE they are transporting customers.

Because Uber’s own customer and driver contracting maintains absolutely no liability to insurance coverage from Uber for any incident involving damages, this leaves it to each driver to acquire and maintain a commercial policy on their own vehicle will cover incidentals to the proper commercial level for transporting individuals for hire.

Discriminatory and selective coverage, surge pricing and Uber driver license plate fraud.

I have collected several screen captures of Uber’s app activity in the madison area over the past year.

These screen captures reveal that Uber’s services is provided in a very selective fashion with regard to geographic areas of the city.

Link to Uber and Lyft activity and screen capture data in madison Wisconsin over the last year:

http://ridesafemadison.net/the-uberlyft-bible-facts/

The surge pricing system is also used on a geographically specific basis. While surge prices are charged in more commercial and higher income areas during times which Uber claims there is a high volume of requests, more distant areas of the city are not charged surge pricing.

The surge pricing system is not accounting for actual needs in supply and demand but rather to simply price gouge.

During surge pricing intervals, while a few Uber drivers are able to charge customers a larger surge price, the surge will suddenly drop, leaving more of the Uber drivers still available at the same time and in the same area without the same ability to charge the same rate although the ratio of demand has not changed at all.

As licensed cab drivers and the public have been exposed to Uber and Lyft more and more in the Madison area, a number of traffic incidents and false plates being Used by Uber and Lyft drivers have been reported.

Please make note of the list of Uber and Lyft vehicle license plate numbers on this page

(plate list is located on lower section of this page):

http://ridesafemadison.net/the-uberlyft-bible-facts/

*I have also attached a copy of this plate list report below*

Make note:

1- Of the number of vehicles listed that are registered to a make and model OTHER than the one listed on the state DOT report for the plate number.

2- Of the Lyft and uber drivers photographed violating traffic laws, parking illegally, making threatening and obscene gestures to other motorists and the number of out of state plates listed.

Recorded Testimony of Paul Reznikoff and initial statement.

Statement from Paul Reznikoff:

Monday March 30th, 2015

MY name is Paul Reznikoff, I have been an Uber driver in Madison over the last year. I made the decision on Sunday March 29, 20015 that I no longer want to work for Uber. My reasons are far to many to list, but to sum it up in a clear sentence, I do not want to work for a company that is not 100% crystal clear with how their operations truly work. Working for a company that does not provide an emergency contact phone number is unacceptable to me, and somewhat suspect.

I have authorized Madison resident Justin La Plante (499 Blackbird Ln) to present my

documentation and recorded accounts I have provided to him to share with the Madison City Council, madison city attorney, Wisconsin state legislators of the assembly and Senate and the public record. The documents and recordings I have provided to Justin La Plante account for the business activities of Uber Technologies, which I believe to be deceptive, fraudulent, illicit, and unfair to myself, other Uber drivers and the general public.

Sincerely,

Paul Reznikoff

P.O. Box 658 Wyocena, WI 53969

Ph 608-697-3676

email: paulreznikoff@gmail.com

Recorded testimony of Paul Reznikoff:

*To listen to these youtube segments you must be listed via email, name or google circle for access.  If you are a Wisconsin State legislator, Police or Attorney working on the Uber lawsuit currently, you are likely listed.  If you do not have access email: colitisscope@gmail.com or leave a reply here to request access.* 

Part 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utVcwzob3zM

Part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJv42UV30ek

Part 3 & 4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMDVBKMEpAI

Consequences of this legislation if passed

If Bills Senate 106 and Assembly 143 are passed in their current form there will be immediate and damaging effects to commercial transportation state wide.

1- Uber and Lyft drivers will continue to operate without actual insurance coverage for their commercial operations.

2- The incidental costs generated by uninsured accidents, denied coverage, invalidated insurance policies, invalidated warranties, violated lease agreements and service agreements on numerous vehicles will become the burden of Wisconsin Tax payers. This represents a clear case of Taxation without representation. The burden in auto insurance rates and the leasing market will inflate costs, sky rocket premiums and harden insurance provider terms adding to a national financial crisis.

3- The individual rights of cities through out the state will be replaced with a larger government system that will be more costly to the state and likely involve added cost and restructure in administration.

4- Cab companies will of course make the choice to alter their fleets and administrative structure to a TNC model as defined under these bills.

As a result they will be able to:

A- Deny any calls they wish

B- Drop their massive insurance coverage costs for the underinsured surplus line model that Uber and Lyft use.

C- Cause wrecks, kill or injure passengers and even kill pedestrians and only the drivers, not the companies will be on the hook for liability just the same as with the Uber and Lyft models.

D- Drop para-transit service.

E- Drivers will be allowed to discriminate, surge price and provide only selective service on the most profitable hours of the day as apposed to times when requests for cab service are low as Uber and Lyft do.

F- Allow THOUSANDS of daily requests for service state wide to go unanswered leaving the majority of those in your perspective constituency who would use commercial transportation without a ride or a logical explanation. Keep in mind that requests through the Uber and Lyft apps still make up the lowest cross section among those who use Taxis or rideshares since rideshares operate only during the busiest hours and discriminate against a broader spectrum of the general population.

The law makers who supported this legislation will of course be to blame.

This is not a choice any Madison cab company would prefer to make but a choice YOU would be forcing them to make in order to compete under the model YOU would be allowing state wide.

*This has already been discussed among several cab companies in Madison and state wide and WILL be an eventual reality if these laws pass in their current form.*

Suggestions to modify the proposed Bills in order to better serve the Public interest and eliminate the potential incidental Tax burden on Wisconsin Residents.

1- A simple mandate that each TNC driver acquire their own commercial grade insurance with proper notifications to their insurance provider and the state respectively that they are operating the vehicle as a TNC for the named TNC company and have acquired commercial/livery grade insurance for the vehicle to operate in this capacity.

2- A requirement for proper justification when using surge pricing on customers and a system for LIVE billing and conduct disputes with an actual phone number. Currently Uber has no such system.

3- A requirement that TNCs MUST provide an actual phone number for LIVE emergency communications in case of an accident or criminal incident concerning a driver or passenger. Currently Uber’s emergency response system is only over email and takes from 48 to 72 hours to respond.

4- A requirement that the TNC driver must register their own business license and insurance there of since both Uber and Lyft refer to their apps as only ‘tools’ and have repeatedly denied that they provide transportation services as a business.

These amendments would of course not stop taxi companies from reclassifying as TNCs. They would still be able to manipulate the law with respect to their own insurance coverage, para-transit service and the prevention of discrimination and selective service as Uber and Lyft do but it would at least eliminate much of the burden to TAX PAYERS.

Reported incidents of Uber and Lyft drivers getting in wrecks and the result & Uber and Lyft drivers seeking crowd sourcing online for uninsured wrecks.

Uber driver seeking funds for uninsured wreck:

http://www.gofundme.com/rachelandthecity

Uber driver kills 6 year old child between providing rides:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Uber-sued-over-girl-s-death-in-S-F-5178921.php

Seeking funds after an uninsured wreck.

http://www.gofundme.com/piscjg

Lyft driver seeking support after Excessive operating costs and wear on her vehcile.

http://www.gofundme.com/handygirlhybrid

Lyft driver uninsured wreck.

http://www.gofundme.com/4yeiic

Amir’s personal automobile policy did not cover the liability he paid for, Amir did not purchase collision insurance, but was very grateful that Lyft’s liability insurance did completely cover the other driver’s damages as well as all the medical expenses for the passengers. However, Amir was left with $16,000 still owed on a useless totaled car, and had to incur a new car loan of $9,000. To add to this financial disaster, he could no longer Lyft as the accident was found to be his fault, thus leaving him in further financial distress.”

My own experience riding with Lyft and Uber in Madison:

Madison Uber driver admits he is defrauding his own insurance policy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laGZzZUHIzA

Madison Lyft driver:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbmMkn1ryoc

I have provided you with several documents and links which will answer questions that Uber representatives WILL NOT be able to answer honestly.

Please consider the people of this state and the future of TNC companies.

Already there are TNC apps in development that outstrip the capability and safety of Uber and Lyft without violating a single current transportation ordinance in any Wisconsin city.

Let technology catch up to the needs of the people, not violate them.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Justin La Plante

Uber and Lyft vehicle plate list:

Company Make Model Year Plate Notes
Lyft Toyota Corolla

2005

113-HXE
Uber Toyota Matrix

2003

739-GEG (confirmed still active)
Uber Saab 9 – 3

2004

643-UAY
Lyft Honda Accord

2002

457-VGD Registration is not valid
Lyft Chevrolet Aveo

2007

592-NES Registered to black 2005 Pontiac
Uber Nissan

2010

487-SZB
Lyft Toyota Rav4

2014

119-MKX
Lyft Chevrolet HHR

2007

974-HZE
Lyft/Uber Hyundai Sonata

2011

432-VTN
Lyft Mitsubishi Galant

2006

G0T T0YZ
Uber Saturn Vue

2006

496-HBU
Uber Subaru Outback

2011

595-PGA
Uber VW Golf

2012

806-MCU
Uber Scion xD

2011

282-KRP
Uber VW Jetta/Passatt ADZ6403 Washington State
Lyft Mazda Mazda3

2011

946-TAF
Lyft/Uber Toyota Prius

2010

721-VDV (confirmed still active)
Uber Chevrolet Sonic

2013

723-WBT
Uber Honda Civic

2006

219-VWS
Uber Toyota Avalon

2006

G1FT 4 U
Uber Toyota Yaris

2008

927-VLA
Uber Toyota Corolla

2006

704-VHW
Uber Toyota Highlander

2008

798-RPU
Uber Honda CR-V 474-VTH Registered to white 2007 Toyota
Uber Chevrolet Traverse R77 2672 Illinois
Lyft VW Jetta

2009

962-UHT
Uber Toyota Camry

2010

788-SGB
Uber Toyota Corolla

2007

883-PRH
Uber GMC Yukon

2007

403-ECW
Uber Lincoln Town Car

2004

420-WKY
Uber Ford Escape

2009

608-VVP
Uber Nissan Versa

2013

433-WCJ
Uber Toyota Rav4

2009

634-UKD
Uber Toyota Highlander

2008

877-MDT
Uber Saturn Vue

2006

496-HBU
Uber Toyota Sienna

2004

278-URK
Uber Toyota Corolla

2011

144-SEV
Uber Toyota Camry

2013

218-SUY
Uber Toyota Corolla 335-WWS Registered to green 2002 GMC
Uber Toyota Camry

2009

555-VHG
Uber Mazda Mazda5

2008

868-UTK
Uber BMW 3-series

2006

394-SRP
Uber Nissan Altima

2005

912-PKP
Uber Toyota Camry

2009

537-RGG
Uber Toyota Camry

2012

716-RGN
Uber/Lyft Toyota Rav4

2014

520-WML
Uber Honda CR-V

2007

626-UNN
Uber Ford Focus

2012

990-WZB
Uber Toyota Matrix

2009

968-SGR
Uber Chevrolet Aveo

2009

422-TUT
Uber Toyota Prius

2012

425-WLB
Uber VW Routan

2010

733-TSY
Uber Toyota Prius

2010

483-PPU
Uber Volvo XC70

2004

318-ACV
Uber Cadillac Escalade

2007

JH4012 WI Truck plate
Uber Hyundai Elantra

2013

292-TLA
Uber Toyota Camry

2008

850-XCD
Uber Toyota Camry

2014

781-WWH
Uber Toyota Rav4

2004

554-RTU
Uber Toyota Prius

2011

626-CRT
Uber Honda CR-V

2010

34212U WI UW-Madison plate, registered to black 2010 Mazda
Uber Buick Lucerne 576-KBW Registered to grey 2006 Volvo
Uber Nissan Rogue V94 3934 Illinois plate
Uber Kia Sportage

2008

355-NES
Uber Chrysler Pacifica 929-SWN Registered to white 1996 Dodge
Uber Pontiac Vibe

2006

752-TVJ
Uber Mitsubishi Raider

2007

JH1743 WI Truck plate
Uber Toyota Camry

2014

714-WML
Uber Honda Civic

2012

811-WZH
Uber Infiniti G35 VVY995 Indiana plate
Uber Chrysler 300

2006

970-NUY
Uber Chevrolet Traverse

2009

680-TZN
Uber Nissan Cube

2011

609-WUU
Uber BMW 3-series

2013

491-VUW
Uber VW Tiguan

2013

451-TXB
Uber Toyota Corolla

2003

257-THK
Uber GMC Yukon

2015

632-WMK
Uber Nissan Altima

2011

642-VTA
Uber Chrysler Town & Country

2014

495-VRS
Uber Mercury Sedan

2004

414-XBC
Lyft Honda SUV (Pilot/CR-V)

2007

626-UNN
Uber SUV 667-XWD black, no registration found
Uber Sedan W0JCH black, 0 with slash, likely Iowa plate
Uber Honda

2009

605-VJL
Uber Chevrolet

2002

5772B If WI plate, 2002 green Chevrolet special collector plate
Uber Toyota

2013

121-UTD
Uber Dodge

2004

394-SRB silver
Uber Toyota

2005

543-RLG gray
Uber Toyota

2008

699-MJS gray
Uber Toyota

2014

714-WML gray
Uber Lexus SUV

2014

609-VXG black
Uber Kia

2008

355-NES white
Uber Chrysler SUV

2007

929-SHN silver
Uber Toyota

2005

562-VUM grey, plate lookup also gave “inspection required” warning
Uber Nissan SUV

2014

310-SBR red
Uber Honda

2013

435-VUU
Uber Ford 705 9480 Kentucky plates, black hybrid
Dodge

2009

500-SKX black
641-HRC Registered to 1989 Chevrolet (wouldn’t be allowed by Uber)
Dodge

2010

399-UKL black
Dodge

2010

927-TVJ grey
Lexus

2009

683-TCN red
Dodge

2007

756-XBW blue
Chrysler Town & Country V50-733D White IL plates
Hyundai Elantra 790-WLH Silver
Dodge mini-van 756-XBW dark
Toyota Matrix 810-VMT Silver
Toyota Corolla 883-PRH Dark blue
Toyota Sienna 543-RLG Silver with dent in rear bumper
hatchback 299-WHT White
Toyota Prius 955-RXY On State St. making U-turns
Toyota Sienna 114_NEJ Dark
Pontiac Vibe 488-AHJ white
Nissan Sentra 299-VHT might be VGT on State St.
Honda CRV 750-WNC Red