This Week in Rideshare: Boycotts, Ladders, and Robberies

Instacart workers are fed up, a driver gets banned and a man tries robbing a driver. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 1/13/20

On Monday, Vice covered a story about Instacart Workers calling for a national strike. The reason? Vice explains: “Many of the app’s 130,000 workers claim to have seen their pay drop by more than 50 percent in 2019 alone, as the company has sought to lower costs and appease its investors”.

TUESDAY 1/14/20

In an effort to improve safety, Lyft has launched their own advisory council. Reuters explains: “The move by Lyft comes after the release of Uber’s first biennial U.S. Safety Report in December, in which the company said it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States in 2018”.


Do Uber’s new policies mean old issues? According to San Francisco Chronicle, they do. They argue in their article: “ Drivers can now decline to take passengers to San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point or East Oakland, for instance — areas already underserved by transportation.” Uber has admitted it may be a problem and will “closely monitor trips”.

THURSDAY 1/16/20

Rideshare isn’t just convenient for passengers, it’s sometimes the best way to get your stuff from point a to point b. But what happens when a passenger shows up with a Ladder? For this driver, it’s no problem.

BBC reported that the Driver allowed the passenger to hold it outside the window. The article explains: “The unnamed driver faced an allegation of having total disregard for public safety after footage was posted on social media in Walsall last September. Walsall Council branded the driver “foolish” and has now banned him from driving private hire vehicles in the borough for three months.”

FRIDAY 1/17/20

As LegalRideshare always stresses, if rideshare isn’t safe, it isn’t viable. On Friday, A man tried robbing an Uber driver at gunpoint in Naperville, Illinois. WBBM Radio reported: “The driver pulled up at about 12:10 p.m. for a fare near Olympus Drive and Tupelo Avenue, according to a statement from Naperville police. A man walking west on the south side of Tupelo got into the car and tried to rob the driver. The attempt was unsuccessful and the suspect got out of the car and ran west on Tupelo, police said. The driver was not injured.”

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