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Bernie Sanders Bashed Uber, but is a Regular Customer


Allegations that Bernie Sanders told reporter about a serious regulation problem with the ride share app Uber, yet there are reports that Sanders uses the service on a regular basis. Determination: Real  

Bernie Sanders Uber

According to an Aug. 6, 2015 article by Bloomberg, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, “If you’re working at a diner on a weekday, and it’s raining, and people are not coming in, you’re not getting any tips,” he said. Sanders said he had  “serious problems” with Uber, the ride share app where passengers can hail a car to transport them to their destinations. Sanders called it “unregulated."  It turns out that Sanders is a regular customer of Uber and used the service instead of taxis. This according to a Jan. 26, 2016 article by National Journal.

The National Journal reported that Bernie Sanders was among 5 candidates who together expensed $34,923 in Uber rides. None of those candidates expensed taxi services in their reports. The candidates were Bobby Jindal, Martin O'Malley, Rick Perry, Scot Walker, and Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders Uber Expenses


Sanders was wrong about Uber and other ride share app companies not being regulated.

Most states where they operate mandate regulations for the Transportation Network Companies (TNC) and the independent contractors who operate the vehicles. According to a report by the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America (PCIAA) 29 states have regulations in place for TNC operations. They are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington.  The PCIAA report said, " The TNC laws now on the books put an end to consumer confusion regarding insurance coverage, while also allowing for continued marketplace innovation. As new transportation ideas evolve to meet consumers’ needs and demands, insurers are developing new products to cover those ideas and provide peace of mind."




Posted 01/26/16

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