As Philadelphia reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rideshare drivers are seeing an increase in usage. While some drivers are looking forward to picking up passengers and increasing their profits, others are weighing the risks of driving with the potential of falling ill.
Because some drivers are still waiting out the pandemic before getting back on the road again, passengers are finding it difficult to get a ride. Some passengers are waiting over an hour for a driver from either Uber or Lyft to pick them up.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Uber and Lyft driver Robert Rosa said he feels safe driving because he is following recommendations from his doctor, as well as following the CDC and rideshare company mandates regarding sanitation and masks. Some drivers, however, would like to see more done to protect themselves and others from the virus.
According to Uber, the company has distributed more than 135,000 health and safety supplies, including masks and disinfectants, to drivers in Philadelphia. Prior to going active for the day, Uber drivers have to take a selfie to prove they are wearing a mask. In addition to that, passengers are asked to agree to a checklist of precautions, including wearing a face covering, prior to being assigned a driver. For Lyft drivers and riders, they need to self-certify that they’ll wear a face covering, are following health guidelines, and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Pennsylvania has also released rideshare safety tips, including the following:
- Practice good hygiene after touching surfaces
- Sit in the back seat so you can stay at least six feet away from the driver
- Use touchless payment options, if possible
- Ask the driver to open the windows to improve ventilation
- Avoid rides with multiple passengers who are not from the same household
Some drivers, including Julian Brelsford of Southwest Philly, however, are seeing a number of passengers who are refusing to wear face coverings: “What they tell us is that if we report passengers for not wearing masks, multiple reports of that nature will result in them losing their passenger account. To me, I think it should be two strikes and you’re out, end of story.”
With more rideshare vehicles on the road, it’s possible we could see an uptick in accident rates. If you’re involved in an accident because of a rideshare driver’s negligence, you have the right to pursue legal action to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
The Rideshare Law Group represents Uber and Lyft crash victims on a nationwide basis. If you’ve been in a wreck, schedule a free consultation with our law firm. Our lawyers will review your situation, explain your legal rights and options to use, and help you determine how best to proceed to secure your future.