A few months ago, Uber took over Montgomery transportation service Evo.
Since then, the company has been trying to get Evo to accept its new service.
Montgomery Transportation, which has been operating since 2003, is one of the few local transportation companies to accept Uber’s rides, but that’s not stopping the company from trying to change the way it operates.
“Evo was the first ride-sharing service that Uber really took a liking to,” said Montgomery Transportation’s executive director, Jeff Loughney.
“They’re the best.
They’re the cheapest.
They have the best customer service.
And Uber really appreciates that.”
Evo’s service has been a major source of controversy for Uber, which argues that it’s unfair to charge people to use its service because Uber drivers have a contract with the company.
In response, Evo has offered to waive drivers’ contracts in exchange for a cut of any Uber fares it charges customers.
Montgomery Transport, which started accepting Uber rides in December 2015, has had a similar deal with the ride-hailing company since 2014.
But Evo says it can’t make that same deal with Uber, so it wants to change that arrangement.
Loughneys claims that the only way Uber can work with Montgomery Transportation is to change how it operates its own drivers.
Montgomery transportation is owned by the city, so there are strict guidelines that have to be followed to operate the company in Montgomery.
For example, Montgomery Transportation must use drivers from Montgomery’s transit agencies.
Luffney says Evo needs to pay Montgomery Transportation $2,500 per week, a cut from the $10,000 it charges to drivers from other Montgomery agencies.
“The way that Evo operates its drivers, the way that we do our own work, that’s a contractual right,” Loughanks said.
We need to pay our drivers, we need to keep our cars clean. “
We need to do what we’re supposed to do.
We need to pay our drivers, we need to keep our cars clean.
We’re not supposed to be in a position where we’re paying for people to work for us.”
But Loughnys claim that Evolatr is violating the Montgomery Transportation contract.
“When we went in there and started to talk about the contract, we got a response from Evo, and they said that we’re not allowed to have a contractor, that we can’t have a private contractor working on the vehicle,” Lougney said.
The Montgomery Transportation union has called Evo a “sham” for not making that contract binding, and the city is also investigating.
Lougneys claims he doesn’t know if Evo will be forced to change its drivers or not.
“If they don’t change drivers, that means Evo can’t use Evo vehicles,” he said.
Uber and Montgomery Transportation both said that the Montgomery transportation contract has been in place for nearly two decades.
Laugs claim that Uber and Evo are operating without a contract, but both claim that the contract is not binding.
“I don’t know what the legal standard is on that,” Laug says.
“But it’s not a contractual obligation.”
Evolata claims that its drivers are employees of the Montgomery Transit agency, and that the city contracts with them to provide transportation.
“Our drivers are the only employees that Uber can negotiate with,” Evolatum said.
Montgomery Transit says it is not in a contract situation with Evolator, and does not require drivers to sign a contract before using its vehicles.
Evolats contract says that Evos drivers have the right to “make all reasonable decisions and make every reasonable effort” to “keep the vehicle clean and in good working order.”
But Montgomery Transportation says it doesn’t have that right, and claims that Evodas contract doesn’t mention any specific requirements.
Laughlin said that Evotas contract does not mention how it expects drivers to clean vehicles, and so the city must enforce the contract.
Evo said that it has been working with Montgomery Transit and that it will comply with the contract until the contract comes up for renegotiation.
Laughney says that Montgomery Transportation will take any action that it deems necessary to protect its employees.
“Every time we get a call or a call comes in saying that we need help, we’ll take every action that we feel is appropriate,” Laughneys said.