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New Rideshare Regulations Proposed in Massachusetts

Published on Jan 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm in News.

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New legislation in Massachusetts, introduced by Governor Charlie Baker several months ago, is geared toward protecting riders’ personal information, collecting more trip data, and implementing stiffer penalties for drivers who neglect to maintain their vehicles or follow their rideshare company’s rules. The regulations are now being reviewed by the Joint Transportation Committee.

California Drivers Determine Their Own Fares with New Uber Feature

Published on Jan 21, 2020 at 1:23 pm in News.

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Uber is a popular rideshare service that allows people to navigate a city or town without a car or knowledge of the area. In California, a new law was passed that will affect the company and those who drive for it. California passed a new gig-economy law called Assembly Bill No. 5. This states that workers for the company will need to be treated as employees as opposed to independent contractors. They’ll be eligible for sick days and other employee benefits. In an effort to respond to this change, the company is testing a new feature in some small cities: allowing Uber drivers to set their own fares.

What You Need to Know About Uber’s Driver Screening Process

Published on Nov 27, 2019 at 4:57 pm in Uber Accidents.

We’ve always been told not to get into cars with strangers. While it’s great advice, advancements in technology have made getting into a stranger’s car into a commodity. It’s not exactly a bad thing—more people than ever before have access to reliable transportation for a relatively low cost. But we’re still left with a question: Is it safe to be in the car with this person?

More recently, Uber has been in the news with problems concerning safety. Some drivers reportedly physically and sexually assaulted their riders, others have gone off route and scared their riders so badly that they get out of the car and call for help. On the more serious end, a rider mistakenly got into a car who she thought was her Uber and was murdered by the driver posing as her Uber driver. To combat having more unacceptable scenarios that put their riders in serious danger, Uber has tightened their driver screening process.

The Dangers of Using a Rental Scooter After Drinking Alcohol

Published on Nov 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm in Electric Scooters.

This might come as a surprise, but DUIs extend to any vehicle with a motor or that can be driven. That includes motorcycles, bicycles, and that’s right, even electric scooters. Even though motorized scooters are not explicitly mentioned, since they have motors and have to be operated, they technically fall under the term “motor vehicle.”

You might think you’re being clever and savvy by renting an electric scooter to get home after a night out, but you’re actually being just as dangerous and negligent as a person who gets behind the wheel. And if you get caught, you’ll end up spending much more than the price of a scooter or rideshare on fines.

How to Tell if a Vehicle on the Road Is Autonomous

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 2:31 pm in Rideshare Safety.

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As increased discussions happen regarding the future of self-driving cars and how they could impact our roadways, you might wonder just how you’ll be able to tell if a vehicle on the road is autonomous. While the designs will vary by manufacturer, it’s likely most driverless cars will have similar, identifiable features. It’s also possible traditional features drivers are used to seeing could be missing.

The two most popular rideshare companies, Lyft and Uber, are testing autonomous vehicles in certain cities across the country. Learning how to recognize a driverless car now could help you prepare for how traffic and driving will change in the future.