Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick has long been an outspoken critic of federal regulation of the ride-hailing company.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Kalanicks comments on how Uber drivers should act in the event of an accident: “If someone has been riding, if they are riding a cab, and they hit somebody on the head, they should be out in the middle of the street in front of the cab and call the police.”
While Uber drivers are a critical part of the transportation industry, Kalaniels remarks do not hold true for all Uber drivers.
In a recent interview with CNN, Lyft driver Jeremy Hoekstra, who has worked for the ride sharing company since 2011, told the network he felt like his colleagues were just as entitled to the same protection as Uber drivers, and that he would rather work for Lyft than Uber.
“They have better insurance and are going to give you the same benefits as any other taxi driver.
And I feel like if you’re not insured, then you’re going to be at a disadvantage,” Hoeksoes said.
In the interview, Hoeksays that he is aware of the issues of Uber drivers not being protected by their employer and the company’s stance on drivers’ rights.
“[I have] had a lot of friends in the ride share industry that have been very, very upset at this point.
I don’t know how I’m going to take that on,” Hoeks said.
“I’m not going to let it affect me.”