The USCG Cracks Down on Unlicensed Uber Boats for Hire

by Owen James Burke

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Trust us, this is a good thing. Photo: USCG/Scuttlebutt.

Uber, the popular ride-sharing service which has all but wiped out the taxi and limousine industries in big cities, has been on the water and exploded in recent months–in cities like San Francisco and Istanbul, commuting by boat is often the best way to beat traffic.

But there are compliance issues, the Coast Guard reports. As might be suspected, many of these boat owners offering their services are not licensed, even in the slightest, to operate vessels with paying passengers, which is punishable by civil fines of up to $35,000 USD.

While Uber (for cars) provides end-to-end insurance, that’s not necessarily the case for Uber for Boats, yet. The USCG is doing their part to ensure that captains are certified, but by issuing an alert and crackdown, they’re hoping that until the industry is better regulated, passengers will be wise enough to ask their captains for credentials so that they can be sure they’re getting a licensed and permitted operator.

Read more at WorkBoat. —OJB

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