In most recent news over the taxi vs. Uber debacle, hundreds of taxi drivers gathered on Tuesday in Giza’s Mostafa Mahmoud Square and Mohandiseen, blocking roads and causing traffic, in order to protest the rise of car-ride mobile phone applications such as Uber and Careem.

White taxi drivers staged a protest in #Cairo's Mohandiseen today, causing a major traffic jam. The drivers have been…

Posted by Egyptian Streets on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Regular Taxis

Pros:

  • Relatively cheap/ may negotiate price.
  • You’ll always find them scattered around anywhere you go, making it relatively easy to find a ride and get from one place to the other.
  • You get to meet some really interesting people (some of the drivers are great conversationalists).

Cons:

  • The driver might argue with you about the price at the end of the ride.
  • The driver might have rigged his taximeter in order to have passengers pay more than necessary.
  • Drivers say no to your request/destination sometimes.
  • Some drivers might be inappropriate.
  • Negotiating the price.

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Uber / Careem

Pros:

  • Safety guaranteed as you get reliable people and cars, and you receive all their information (name, type of car, license plate number, etc.).
  • It is fairly priced in accordance to your destination.
  • It’s a comfortable ride.
  • The drivers are trained.
  • You can wait in the comfort of your own home for your ride to arrive.

Cons:

  • If the driver feels like you don’t know the way, he/she may still cheat you a little by taking longer unnecessary routes.
  • There might not always be a driver available around the area.
  • The fare might double on occasion when the demand is higher than the drivers around (Uber Surge).
  • The GPS might be a mess sometimes, and not work efficiently.

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This may not be an exhaustive list, but these are some of the things we collectively thought of off the top of our heads. Although it may seem like we’re making more of a positive case towards the app-based services, that’s not necessarily true – this is just how it turned out. At the end of the day, they both have pros and cons, and people should go with whatever they feel most comfortable. We also acknowledge that everyone has rights, and we truly hope that agreement can be reached which all parties will ultimately be satisfied with.

Featured Image Credit: The Washington Post (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

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