Uber App is a transportation service that you can download on your phone (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
It's common knowledge to avoid getting in cars with strangers, but the new Uber transportation service is changing that.
Uber works through an app that you plug your credit card number and location into, and a driver who registers online picks you up in his or her personal car.
Uber driver Corey Chandler says, "it almost makes you feel like [it's] a luxury. Why wouldn't you want to drive in a nice car rather than a stinky taxi."
This kind of talk has taxi drivers racing to defend themselves.
"Uber claims they do background checks," said Yellow Cab Owner Mark Pacheco. "They are done through a third party service. Unlike the taxi service in Wilmington, all drivers all go through the FBI background with finger printing as well as drug testing each year."
But, Uber driver Corey Chandler says it took him over two weeks before he was approved.
"It's not like they're just giving anyone the right to be a driver."
Chandler says Uber helps drivers and riders know who they're getting in the car with.
"The good thing about Uber is when it comes to knowing who your riders are and knowing who your drivers are, the driver rates the rider and the rider rates the driver," Chandler said.
But Pacheco isn't convinced, and that's driving controversy here in Wilmington.
"They're trying to change the industry and the laws of the industry is what they're trying to do," Pacheco said.