Uber is the next innovation in the sharing economy that is taking the world by storm. Not unlike Airbnb or Zipcar, Uber connects drivers, acting as independent contractors, with riders through an app on your smart phone. If you’ve ever found yourself partaking in a few too many of Asheville’s local beers, you might already know the virtues of the easy-to-use, responsive service. If you want to hear all about Uber’s vices, ask a taxi driver.
We know a number of folks from all walks of life who are considering becoming or already are Uber drivers. Approximately 8,000 North Carolinians drive for Uber, and the company seeks to add 5,000 more soon. The flexibility of creating your own schedule while making cash money for driving your own car around a city you love has its appeal. Uber takes a 20% cut on every ride, but the rest belongs to the driver, after gas and other maintenance-related costs. Due in large part to the novelty of the service, Uber drivers had been left largely unregulated here in North Carolina. A new law changes that.