This Week in Rideshare: Election, Rules, and Snitching

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Lyft offers free rides, drivers change the rules, and passengers get the green light to snitch. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 2/17/20

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Lyft ups its game and allows free and discounted rides for passengers looking to get to the polls. @CNET reports:

As part of its LyftUp initiative, this year the ride share service is providing voters with free and discounted rides to the polls throughout the entire primary calendar and the general election. This is an expansion of Lyft’s previous 2018 program.

TUESDAY 2/18/20

After a new state law in California went into effect, drivers have gotten smart about when and how they drive. WIRED explains:

Drivers can now see where a rider wants to go and an estimated payout before they accept. They are, theoretically, not punished by the Uber algorithm for rejecting too many rides.

Gabe Ets-Hokin, a writer and ride-hail driver around San Francisco, has embraced the same strategy. “When it became clear to me that Uber was not going to fire us for excessive cancelation or for declining rides, I started doing it whole hog,” he says.

WEDNESDAY 2/19/20

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In an effort to crack down on ride-hailing impersonators, Chicago has introduced a new ordnance that isn’t playing around. Sun Times reported:

Even without vehicle impoundment, the ordinance approved Wednesday is pretty tough. It imposes a minimum, $10,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail against anyone posing as a driver for Uber, Lyft or Via. The maximum fine would be $20,000 for each offense.

THURSDAY 2/20/20

After Uber announced a new feature that lets passengers “snitch” on their drivers during the ride, LegalRideshare spoke with CNET’s Dara Kerr about the implications of such a feature:

Bryant Greening, an attorney with LegalRideshare, which represents both riders and drivers in accident and injury claims, said he commends Uber for working to make rides safer. But he also sees the potential for the on-trip reporting feature to be misused.

“Already targets of rampant false accusations, and resulting deactivations, drivers are concerned that passengers will abuse this tool to score free rides or retaliate for petty disagreements,” Greening said. “We’re hopeful that Uber will fairly implement its reporting system, which includes due process for accused drivers.”

FRIDAY 2/21/20

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Want to delete Uber? The Verge posted an article on Friday that explains everything from actually deleting the app to alternatives. They explain:

Other ride-sharing services: Uber and Lyft aren’t the only game in town. Other apps like Via, Wingz, Gett, and the recently introduced (and New York City-only) Myles are decent enough alternatives — though just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they are more ethical or environmentally friendly than the two big apps.

LegalRideshare is Chicago’s only law firm dedicated entirely to rideshare car accidents, injuries and insurance claims. Contact us now for a free consultation.

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