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Lyft Driver Charged With Assault After York Shooting

Published on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:24 am in News.

A Lyft driver has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in a shooting in York, Pennsylvania on June 24, 2020.

Henrietta Rice and her nieces, Rosemarie Elliot and Mae Harris, ordered a Lyft around 3 a.m. on June 24 after a family gathering. An argument broke after Rice requested that the window be rolled down. Initially, the driver, Jerry Miller, 51, of Newburg, Cumberland County, acted like he didn’t hear the request.

Labor Advocacy Groups Concerned About California Ballot Measure

Published on Jul 10, 2020 at 7:46 am in News.

As promised, Uber and Lyft, as well as Postmates, Instacart, and Doordash, have announced Proposition 22—also known as “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act.” This ballot measure will appear before California voters in the November election. Two labor advocacy groups believe the ballot, if passed, would lower workers’ wages and limit the power of legislators to institute new labor protections.

According to Bloomberg CityLab, Proposition 22 is backed by $110 million from Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart, and Doordash. Those companies claim their workers want to maintain their status as independent contractors; however, the National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families believes the measure would remove existing protects that give certain gig workers full employment rights.

Uber and Police Cruiser Involved in Crash in Cape Cod

Published on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:54 am in Uber Accidents.

At least four people were sent to the hospital after a crash in Cape Cod happened on Sunday, July 5. The crash happened around 1:00 a.m. and involved an Uber vehicle and a police cruiser.

The crash happened at the intersection of Harbor Road and Route 28. Video evidence from the scene showed the badly-damaged front-end of the Harwich Police Department SUV. Following the wreck, a portion of Route 28 was closed for approximately two hours. First responders from Chatham, Dennis, and Brewster arrived at the scene to provide assistance and ensure injuries were tended to.

Uber Launches Grocery Delivery Service

Published on Jul 8, 2020 at 7:32 am in Rideshare Services.

To meet the demand for grocery delivery among the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber has announced it’s adding grocery delivery to its app in several cities across the Americas. To start, the service will be available in a few Latin American and Canadian cities, with plans to launch in Miami and Dallas later this month.

As of July 7, Uber is available in 19 cities in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Canada. After the launch in the United States, the company has its goal set on making the grocery delivery service available worldwide.

Dueling Studies Show Disparity Among Rideshare Drivers’ Earnings

Published on Jul 7, 2020 at 8:11 am in News.

As discussions continue to happen around the country about rideshare drivers, their employment status, and their earnings, Cornell University and The New School and UC Berkeley released dueling studies regarding how much Uber and Lyft drivers actually make.

According to Wired, Cornell University, commissioned by ride-hailing companies, determined the average Seattle driver makes $23. 25 per hour. Researchers from The New School and UC Berkeley, commissioned by the city of Seattle, determined rideshare drivers make $9.73 an hour.