As cities ease COVID-19 restrictions, those looking to hail a rideshare vehicle may notice increased wait times. In some cases, Uber and Lyft users may struggle to find a ride at all. At the moment, this is especially true in Las Vegas.
According to KTNV News, Las Vegas rideshare drivers are encountering a number of issues as the city begins to reopen. For one, many drivers are still waiting to get their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The federally funded program was intended to help independent contractors who were in need of financial assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Uber has posted a Nevada Government Relief Guide on their website with advice for drivers looking to apply for benefits, rideshare drivers are struggling to get ahold of anyone who can help them. According to one rideshare driver, she made over one hundred calls to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation before she found someone who was able to help her: “Hopefully you can get through, but it seems like none of the people you get through to talk to have any idea what’s going on and how to fix your claim.”
Other drivers are taking a break from providing rideshare services because it’s costing them more money to continue to drive. Without regular passengers, maintaining a vehicle and getting gas is too expensive and currently not worth the money with the lack of passengers.
According to Uber, they are distributing health and safety supplies, like masks, to Las Vegas drivers every Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenlight Hub at 5031 Wagon Trail. While those supplies are crucial to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus and keeping drivers and passengers safe, they do little to help with many of the issues drivers are currently trying to cope with.
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