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E-Scooter Companies Halt Operations in San Francisco

Published on Mar 27, 2020 at 7:33 am in Electric Scooters.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, three of the four e-scooter companies in San Francisco are halting operations. The companies include Lime, Scoot, and Jump. Spin is currently the only company still providing service in the area.

The decision to pause operations happened after Mayor London Breed ordered residents to shelter-in-place starting March 24, 2020. All non-essential businesses were ordered to close, causing disruption for many of the service-based industries in the city.

Rideshare Companies Reduce Costs Amid Pandemic

Published on Mar 26, 2020 at 7:33 am in News.

In light of the effects of the spread of COVID-19, rideshare companies Lyft and Myle are reducing the cost of rides. The companies’ decisions not only make rides more accessible to those that need them most right now, but they also ensure healthy drivers are able to make money.

According to QNS, Lyft is donating tens of thousands of rides to people with essential transportation needs. This includes families and children, low-income seniors, doctors, and nurses. Essential transportation includes getting to work, getting food, and going to medical appointments.

Florida Uber Driver Arrested After DUI Crash Investigation

Published on Mar 25, 2020 at 7:15 am in Uber Accidents.

Earlier this month, a Florida Uber driver was arrested for his role in a fatal DUI crash that killed his passenger. The driver is being held on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia

The accident occurred during the early morning hours of January 8, 2020. Uber driver, 27-year-old Clint Fischer Jr., was driving Estevan Pascual of Orland to Haines City. Fischer hit the back of a tractor-trailer, which was nearly stopped at US 17/92 and Shamrock Drive. While Fischer only sustained minor facial injuries and was transported to AdventHealth Heart of Florida, Pascual suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died at the scene.

Lyft Expands Services to Help With Pandemic

Published on Mar 24, 2020 at 7:15 am in Rideshare Services.

In an effort to meet demand and boost efforts to deal with the coronavirus, Lyft is expanding the type of services it provides. According to a blog post from Lyft, the company will be offering delivery of critical medical supplies to the elderly and the immunocompromised. In addition to that, they will be delivering meals to students who typically get subsidized lunches through school and senior citizens. They will also be providing medical transportation for low-income individuals. The new services will also ensure healthy drivers have more opportunities to earn income through the Lyft app.

Uber Lifts Driver Restrictions in NYC

Published on Mar 23, 2020 at 7:11 am in News.

Uber plans to stop blocking drivers from signing on to the app in New York City. This will ensure all drivers have access to the app during the coronavirus pandemic, so the rideshare company can meet demand while other drivers are taking sick time.

According to The Verge, Uber began restricting drivers’ access to the app in 2018 when the city passed a law requiring ridesharing companies to pay drivers at least $17.22 per hour after expenses. The law also penalizes companies for enabling too much car traffic. It was enacted in an attempt to increase pay for drivers while addressing the oversaturated market in the city.