This Week in Rideshare: Revisions, Riders and Reprieve.

Lyft considers a tweak, riders are back, and Uber gets a break. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 8/17/20

Uber out, eats in. That was the plan if Uber was to shut down Monday in California. Reuters reported:

A company spokesman said Uber’s food delivery unit did not appear to be impacted by a lawsuit filed by California’s attorney general and a subsequent court order that would force Uber to treat its ride-hail drivers as employees.

TUESDAY 8/18/20

Under pressure to reclassify drivers as employees, Uber and Lyft have a different idea: Franchise. New York Times reported:

One option that both companies are seriously discussing is licensing their brands to operators of vehicle fleets in California, according to three people with knowledge of the plans.

Lyft has presented the plan to its board of directors, one person said. Uber, which already works with fleet operators in Germany and Spain, is also familiar with the business model.

WEDNESDAY 8/19/20

On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to chat with The Rideshare Guy about the return of riders and what means. In the article, Attorney Bryant Greening discussed the important of masks, dash cams, and how to handle accidents.

THURSDAY 8/20/20

At the 11th hour, California gave Uber and Lyft a second chance. AP News Reported:

An appeals court has allowed ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to continue treating their drivers as independent contractors in California in a decision that will give the two companies a few more months to protect their business models in a key market.

FRIDAY 8/21/20

For Uber Eats drivers who’ve complained of being underpaid…you could very well be right. Business Insider reported:

Armin Samii, a computer scientist who has been working part-time for Uber Eats since losing his job during the pandemic, built a Chrome browser extension called “UberCheats” that helps drivers track their trips and pay, and said the initial data showed Uber shorting drivers on 25–30% of trips, according to Salon.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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