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Uber Destroys Thousands of E-Scooters and Bikes After Lime Deal

Published on May 29, 2020 at 7:36 am in Electric Scooters.

Uber has scrapped thousands of electric scooters and bikes after selling its Jump unite to the e-scooter company Lime earlier this month. The destroyed vehicles were older models that Lime did not want.

Footage of the red Jump e-bikes being destroyed at a North Carolina recycling center was shared on May 27 on Twitter. Bike enthusiasts around the world expressed their anger and questioned why the vehicles could not have been donated.

Belgian Study Shows E-Scooter Hospitalization Rate

Published on May 28, 2020 at 7:29 am in Electric Scooters.

According to a new joint study by the road safety institute VIAS and five Belgian hospitals, an e-scooter rider is hospitalized on average once per week, with common injuries including broken jaws and head trauma.

In the majority of accidents, the e-scooter rider was the only person involved. Typically, they were inexperienced or first-time riders between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. In addition to broken jaws and head injuries, other common injuries included fractured wrists and lesions to the abdomen resulting from the impact to the belly against the scooter’s steering wheel.

Uber Drivers Prepare for Revival of Rideshare Demand

Published on May 27, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

As businesses across the country begin to reopen as COVID-19 cases decline, rideshare drivers are preparing for an increase in ride requests and passengers. It’s likely that drivers and passengers will have to deal with the impact of the pandemic for quite some time.

Currently, Uber and Lyft drivers who are still providing services to passengers are dealing with a significant decline in demand. According to Kyilin Wu in San Francisco in an interview with ABC7, “I started out at 8 a.m. and only got two passengers. Business is really slow right now.” Drivers in Wichita, Kansas are facing the same problems, as a report released by the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport said April traffic decreased 95% compared to April 2020.

Rideshare Drivers Sue NY State Over Unemployment Benefits

Published on May 27, 2020 at 7:11 am in News.

City streets

In New York, rideshare drivers are considered employees by the lawmakers of the state, even though Uber and Lyft label their workers as contractors. Because New York considers rideshare drivers employees, this means they should be entitled to certain benefits—including unemployment. With the number of unemployment claims rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many NY rideshare drivers are finding it hard to receive those benefits.

Now, a federal lawsuit alleges that the state of New York has refused to pay or has delayed the payment of unemployment benefits for drivers of companies like Uber and Lyft for the past two months. According to CNN, the participating drivers and their legal counsel are alleging that the gray area between contractor and employee is what the state is using to hold up unemployment payments.

Lyft Driver Charged With Raping Passenger in Bridgeport

Published on May 22, 2020 at 7:19 am in News.

Courthouse steps

On May 21, Rimon Kazzoo, 37, attended a bail hearing on a criminal sexual assault charge. The Cook County Judge Wesley Willis ordered him held on $1 million bail. Kazoo, a Lyft driver, allegedly raped a passengers outside her Bridgeport home after picking her up in Old Town.

On the evening of December 5, 2018, Kazzoo picked up a 26-year-old woman from a bar in the 1500 block of North Wells Street. According to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy, Kazzoo proceeded to driver north instead of the direction of the woman’s home.