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Coronavirus Sparks Concern Among Rideshare Drivers

Published on Mar 2, 2020 at 7:36 am in News.

The potential spread of the coronavirus to the United States is causing concern among the rideshare community. As drivers regularly interact with the public, a number of them are taking extra precautions to keep themselves and their passengers healthy.

Some rideshare drivers are receiving in-app messages from Uber urging drivers to protect themselves. If they feel sick, they’re asked to stay home. It’s also requested that drivers wash hands frequently, cover coughs or sneezes, and disinfect vehicles regularly.

Pest Control Companies Treat Rideshare Vehicles for Bed Bugs

Published on Feb 28, 2020 at 7:58 am in News.

According to a Dallas-based pest exterminator, Doffdon Pest Control, the company treats up to ten rideshare vehicles per week for bed bugs. The owner, Don Brooks, said: “Drivers either see bedbugs, someone complained, or they were suspicious of a customer and just want to make sure.”

An Orkin report published in 2019, ranked Dallas-Fort Worth as number 10 on its list of Top 50 Bed Bug Cities. Other cities on the list include Tennessee, Nashville, and Baltimore – ranked at number one.

E-Scooter Rider Hit and Injured by Car in Boise

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 7:57 am in Electric Scooters.

An e-scooter accident happened in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. According to the Boise police officers who responded to the crash, it involved two vehicles and one e-scooter rider. The rider was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries – the nature of which has not been released. No other injuries were reported.

According to the preliminary investigation, a driver was heading east on Myrtle Street when they collided with the scooter rider and a second vehicle at 8th Street. At the time, the scooter had been traveling south on 8th and the second vehicle was traveling north on 8th. No charges or citations have been issued yet.

New Study Estimates Rideshare Trips Cause 69% More Climate Pollution Than They Displace

Published on Feb 26, 2020 at 7:50 am in News.

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A new study published by the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates ride-hailing trips result in 69% more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace. Questions are now rising regarding what can be done to reduce that percentage.

In urban areas, ridesharing trips are taken more often than low-carbon trips like public transportation, biking, or walking. This is likely because rideshare services are more convenient and less expensive than other, less-polluting transportation options. The study recommends Uber and Lyft reduce emissions by putting a focus on electric vehicles and incentivizing riders to take pooled rides.

Safe-D Report Highlights Car Seat Usage in Rideshare Services

Published on Feb 25, 2020 at 7:49 am in Rideshare Safety.

According to a study released by Safe-D, there’s confusion regarding the transportation of young children in rideshare vehicles. Because child safety seat laws vary widely by state, parents and rideshare drivers are often unaware of the policy for safely transporting passengers under the age of five.

Safe-D, which was a collaboration between Texas A&M Transportation Institute, San Diego State University, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, conducted a nation-wide survey and a 50-state review of laws and examined focus groups with rideshare drivers in Dallas, Houston, and College Station.