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New Bill Allows Baltimore to Collect Millions on Rideshare Taxes

Published on Jan 24, 2020 at 4:49 pm in News.

Baltimore City Council’s Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee approved a bill on January 23, 2020 that will allow the city to collect millions in taxes on Uber and Lyft rides. The rideshare tax bill will be heard by the full council on January 27 and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

This bill was introduced over a year ago, but went unheard after the resignation of ex-Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. After her resignation, the committee postponed the hearing on the bill to allow newly-appointed Councilman Brandon Scott time to be briefed on the details.

Hawaii Mayors Ask for State Regulation On E-Scooters and Rideshare

Published on Jan 21, 2020 at 2:19 pm in News.

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As 2020 begins, the four Mayors of Hawaii are already looking to make some changes regarding transportation in the state in order to control traffic on the islands. While the initiatives mainly focus on rideshare apps and e-scooters, they are also pushing for a new added fee to drivers’ annual registration. Let’s take a look at what the mayors are asking of state lawmakers.

New Rideshare Regulations Proposed in Massachusetts

Published on Jan 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm in News.

Boston skyline

New legislation in Massachusetts, introduced by Governor Charlie Baker several months ago, is geared toward protecting riders’ personal information, collecting more trip data, and implementing stiffer penalties for drivers who neglect to maintain their vehicles or follow their rideshare company’s rules. The regulations are now being reviewed by the Joint Transportation Committee.

California Drivers Determine Their Own Fares with New Uber Feature

Published on Jan 21, 2020 at 1:23 pm in News.

California highway

Uber is a popular rideshare service that allows people to navigate a city or town without a car or knowledge of the area. In California, a new law was passed that will affect the company and those who drive for it. California passed a new gig-economy law called Assembly Bill No. 5. This states that workers for the company will need to be treated as employees as opposed to independent contractors. They’ll be eligible for sick days and other employee benefits. In an effort to respond to this change, the company is testing a new feature in some small cities: allowing Uber drivers to set their own fares.

Uber Looking to Restart Self-Driving Vehicle Tests in Pittsburgh

Published on Nov 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm in News.

Uber’s self-driving cars may be returning to Pittsburgh’s public roads. The idea of self-automated vehicles may sound like something that belongs in the far-off future, but rideshare companies like Uber already have these kinds of vehicles and are testing them today. Many people may remember the accident in Arizona last March where a woman was hit by a self-driving vehicle. Uber is new safety protocols to make self-automated cars safer.

Uber applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to resume testing their self-driving cars. After the March crash, their tests were suspended. While Uber returned cars that are able to drive themselves in Pittsburgh last July, they kept them out of that mode and had human drivers in control.

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