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Fewer Rideshare Drivers Return to Work After COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

Published on Jun 16, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

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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.

Rideshare Companies Hold Mask Distribution Event

Published on Jun 15, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have mandated face coverings for drivers and passengers. Per official guidelines from government organizations and agencies, face coverings like homemade masks reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Some drivers, passengers, and others believe rideshare companies are not doing enough to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers. As a result, both Uber and Lyft are holding a mask distribution event in Daly City, California.

Wheels Restarts Seated Electric Scooter Sharing

Published on Jun 12, 2020 at 7:44 am in Uncategorized.

Wheels, which shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now restarting its shared electric scooter service. As the company reopens, it plans to promote itself as a safer alternative form of transportation from cities still impacted by the pandemic.

The company plans to reopen in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas Austin, and Orlando, with additional expansions to new locations soon. Wheels has spent the company’s downtime by working to maintain a safe operating environment on its seated electric scooters.

California Regulatory Agency Declares Rideshare Drivers Are Employees

Published on Jun 11, 2020 at 7:38 am in News.

Rideshare companies in California have been pushing back against classifying their drivers as employees for the past few years. As Uber and Lyft continue to fight the newly-enacted state law known as AB5, the California Public Utilities Commission ruled that it officially considers rideshare drivers to be employees.

The California Public Utilities Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating some transportation companies—including Uber and Lyft. For now, it’s unclear as to what practical difference this ruling makes because of rideshare companies’ resistance to reclassifying their workforce. It is clear, however, that many government agencies in California believe Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as employees.

Home Health Care Agencies Weigh Risks Of Using Rideshare Services

Published on Jun 10, 2020 at 7:24 am in Rideshare Services.

With the aging baby boomer population expected to increase the need for home care services by 50% in the next ten years, home health agencies are looking for new ways to serve their clients. Some service providers are considering helping clients manage their transportation needs through rideshare services.

According to HomeCare, there a number of important questions and risks home care agencies need to consider prior to utilizing companies like Lyft and Uber as part of their service delivery. Currently, the top three risks revolve around patient concerns, the potential for driving and information exposure, and insurance coverage.