This Week in Rideshare: Judges, Pets, and Quotes

A judge puts the breaks on Uber, Chicago rides get pet friendly, and a driver has some quotes. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 2/10/20

AB5 is here and Uber can’t stop it. At least that’s what a federal judge told Uber. Tech Crunch Reported:

Judge Dolly Gee of the Central Court of California wrote that the court “cannot second guess the Legislature’s choice to enact a law that seeks to uplift the conditions of the majority of non-exempt low-income workers rather than preserve the status quo for the smaller subset of workers who enjoy independent contractor status,” adding that “the balance of equities and the public interest weight in favor of permitting the State to enforce this legislation.”

TUESDAY 2/11/20

On Tuesday, Uber became pet friendly in Chicago. Of course, not without a cost. Chicago Suntimes reported:

Uber customers in Chicago can take their pets along for rides starting Tuesday. Just know that the service will cost an extra $6.

The pet surcharge will be an option riders can select along with others on the Uber app. The company said a “significant portion” of the surcharge will go to the drivers.


On Wednesday, an Uber driver was charged after he went on a car chase with his passengers captive in the back seat. CNN first reported the story on Monday with an update Wednesday:

“The driver won’t let us out. He’s trying to catch the guy because he hit us,” Swann tells the dispatcher.

For the next four minutes, the video shows their driver run through red lights and stop signs while the couple pleads with the driver to stop.

Richmond Police have charged Olufemi S. Olomola, 38, with two counts of abduction, reckless driving, and felony hit and run. Olomola is in custody, according to police. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

THURSDAY 2/13/20

In an unusual move, Uber just re-winded the clock 20 years by allowing you to order a ride over the phone. You know…like a taxi. CNET explains:

The way it works is to dial 1–833-USE-UBER. The company will then connect the caller to a live operator, who will book the ride — kind of like how taxis work.

FRIDAY 2/14/20

For all the negative news surrounding rideshare, one driver is trying to lift us up…with inspiration quotes from passengers. WFLA explains:

Back in April, he had the idea to start a book of quotes that inspire those he picks up.

“I thought, ‘I wonder how cool it would be the way they thought about things.’ So I couldn’t come up with nothing, I said, ‘the simplest thing would be quotes,’” Jordan explained. “And everybody asked me, ‘quotes?’ I said, ‘no, it’s not just a quote, it’s anything you want to say. It doesn’t matter.’ And I’ve got people saying ‘God bless me’ and one says ‘I love my wife.’”

Jordan said it’s been an educational experience for him, learning more about different backgrounds and different religions.

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