SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. – Uber is set to launch its much-anticipated PX and PXL car services in time for the Halloween weekend, a spokesperson for the American international transportation company said today. Debuting in Baltimore and St. Louis, the new service, which will be available through the Uber app, provides users with a convenient alternative to local emergency services. “During the trial phase, on average we had about 9 out of 10 drivers responding to emergency calls faster than local law enforcement,” said Uber spokesperson Jamie Heisler.
So how does one become an Uber PX or PXL driver? “It’s very similar to the process of applying for our other services,” Heisler said. “Applicants need to provide proof of a valid, state issued motor vehicle license and they need to submit to a background check. The only difference is we require PX and PXL drivers to pass an online firearms safety course.”
Once the vetting process is complete, drivers receive a ‘startup kit’ from Uber which includes blue and red emergency lights that can be placed behind the rearview mirror and in the grille of their personal vehicle. “In addition, we provide each driver with level IIIA ballistic body armor and a Glock 17 9mm pistol,” said Heisler, who added that Uber encourages its drivers to carry their own firearms.
Jed Mayhew, a forty-nine year-old Missouri native, is among the first Uber PX drivers to take to the streets this weekend. Mayhew told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity that he’s always wanted to be a police officer but “unfortunate circumstances” have prevented him from doing so. “I’m just looking forward to getting out there and enforcing the law, helping my fellow citizens, you know?” Mayhew went on to say that his cousin lent him an Ingram MAC-11 to use as a service pistol.
By Uber’s own estimate, drivers working in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., could rake in upwards of $1,500 a day. “That’s far more than what the average police officer brings in,” noted Heisler. The pricing structure is similar to Uber’s standard fares associated with their taxi-style services, however according to Heisler, “A price surge will go into effect anytime one of our drivers is placed in a life-threatening situation.” Uber’s PX and PXL policing services will be available nationwide starting November 9th.