Ocean City Welcomes First Official Uber Driver - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Ocean City Welcomes First Official Uber Driver

Posted:
Mick Chester, Uber Driver Mick Chester, Uber Driver

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The first official Uber driver came to the resort town just two weeks ago.

Uber is a car company that operates off of a mobile-app. The Uber app allows consumers to submit a trip request, which is routed to crowd-sourced taxi drivers.

Mick Chester is an Ocean City resident that decided he would be the first Uber driver in the town.

"I went through the application process, everything was online, it included an extensive background check, they checked my driving record, went over my insurance and looked at my car to make sure it was up to par," Chester said.

According to Chester, in order to be an Uber driver, the car must be 2005 or newer and in clean condition with no damages or scratches. Right now Ocean City only has UberX but there is also Uber Black Car which is a professional driver that can produce a chauffeur license and insurance, Chester said.

The O.C. local had his first pick up on Tuesday but said he hasn't had anybody since.

"That's the beautiful thing about it, it's my own time, I can do it whenever," Chester said. "I can ride for an hour or I can do it just one day if I wanted too."

Chester considers this a "side project, to kill time, have fun in the summer and make extra money," while he bartends over the summer.

According to Chester, his insurance stayed the same, he just had to qualify for Uber.

Uber made it's debut in March 2009, so Chester believes it will do great in the beach town.

"Visitors come to Ocean City come from big cities around us like Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C., and Philly," Chester said. "All these cities already have Uber, there's a lot of people that are used to this service, they've been using it for years."

Chester says he believes more and more Uber drivers will start popping up in the area. He says it's all a matter of supply and demand.

"There have been other drivers in town, but as far as I know, I'm the only resident," Chester added.

Although Ocean City cab drivers may not be thrilled about this service coming into town, Chester thinks it won't make too much of a difference for them.

"There's plenty of cabs in town and cabs still have plenty of customers, they have an advantage, a fan base," Chester said." Uber is app based, so it's not like I can see somebody on the road and they can flag me down."

To use Uber, customers must download the app on their smart phone, enter their credit card information or Paypal account and request where they would liked to be picked up.

According to Chester, much like cabs, there's a small base fair of $2.76 which charges by the mile and by the minute.

Uber does require their drivers to rate customers at the end of the trip and vice versa.

"It makes you want to do a good job, the better ratings the more customers you have," Chester said.

Lastly, although Uber drivers use their own cars, the customers are linked through Uber so if something is destroyed, the customer will get charged for it.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    11/20/2017 23:55:00 -05:002017-11-21 04:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-21 04:55:35 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
  • Early Black Friday Deals Change Trends

    Early Black Friday Deals Change Trends

    11/20/2017 22:38:00 -05:002017-11-21 03:38:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 10:44 PM EST2017-11-21 03:44:59 GMT
    Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    SALISBURY, Md.- Stores are offering Black Friday deals earlier than ever before and with sales extending online people say they won't leave their home to shop for the holidays this year. "There's not a mad rush as years ago," Joyce Solomon said. "BeMore
    Stores are offering Black Friday deals earlier than ever before and with sales extending online people say they won't leave their home to shop for the holidays this year.More
  • Sussex County Veteran Honored for Service in WWII

    Sussex County Veteran Honored for Service in WWII

    11/15/2017 22:42:00 -05:002017-11-16 03:42:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 9:39 PM EST2017-11-21 02:39:53 GMT
    Courtesy of Rosely RobinsonCourtesy of Rosely Robinson
    A Sussex County veteran was honored Wednesday for his service and sacrifice during WWII in a surprise visit by a Hero's Welcome Delaware.More
    A Sussex County veteran was honored Wednesday for his service and sacrifice during WWII in a surprise visit by a Hero's Welcome Delaware.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    Salisbury Police Investigating Apparent Train, Pedestrian Incident

    11/20/2017 23:55:00 -05:002017-11-21 04:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-21 04:55:35 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating an apparent incident where a train hit a pedestrian earlier tonight.More
  • Lewes Woman Without Fridge As Holidays Approach

    Lewes Woman Without Fridge As Holidays Approach

    11/20/2017 18:32:00 -05:002017-11-20 23:32:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 9:14 PM EST2017-11-21 02:14:47 GMT
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A Lewes woman says a broken refrigerator has left her feeling frustrated after six weeks of visits by repairmen, but no solution.Candace Raines purchased a Kenmore Elite from Sears five years ago and purchased the protection plan alMore
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A Lewes woman says a broken refrigerator has left her feeling frustrated after six weeks of visits by repairmen, but no solution.Candace Raines purchased a Kenmore Elite from Sears five years ago and purchased the protection plan alMore
  • WBOC & FOX21 Return to Verizon FiOS Lineup

    WBOC & FOX21 Return to Verizon FiOS Lineup

    11/20/2017 18:55:00 -05:002017-11-20 23:55:00 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-11-20 23:55:12 GMT
    Draper Media has reached a new multi-year agreement which immediately returns WBOC-TV, FOX21 and Antenna TV to Verizon FiOS customers in Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.More
    Draper Media has reached a new multi-year agreement which immediately returns WBOC-TV, FOX21 and Antenna TV to Verizon FiOS customers in Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices