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Fight for Uber and Lyft Drivers to Remain Their Own Bosses Heats Up as November Vote Approaches

*As the general election in November gets closer, rideshare and app-based delivery drivers are rounding up support to defeat a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of app-based work in California. Proposition 22 asks voters to decide whether app-based drivers should be classified as independent contractors or W-2 employees. App-based companies, including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart funded the initiative. If voters approve […]

Study Shows Lyft and Uber Fare Increases for Travel to Non-White Neighborhoods

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*Researchers at George Washington University have published a study on the social bias found in the algorithms that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft use to price fares. The study shows that fares were higher for drop-offs in areas predominantly non-White.  The authors, assistant professor of computer science Aylin Caliskan and graduate teaching assistant […]

Uber Will Require Drivers and Riders in US to Wear Face Masks/Coverings

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*As many states prepare to ease coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, Uber will reportedly require riders and drivers in the US to wear face masks/coverings.  The new policy will roll out over the “coming weeks,” according to a report by CNN Business.  “As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution,” said a […]

Generous Passenger Pays Off College Debt of Uber Driver

*An Atlanta Uber driver is finishing her college degree thanks to the generosity of a passenger she met during a ride. Latonya Young, 43, is speaking about the one ride-share user who changed her life after picking him up following an Atlanta United soccer game. “This one changed my life,” Young told CNN affiliate WSB-TV […]

Missing Pennsylvania Toddler Allegedly Kidnapped by Uber Driver Found Dead

*The search for a 2-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has come to a tragic end after her body was found dumped in a park. A Pennsylvania Uber driver named Sharena Nancy, 25, is accused of speeding off with Nalani Johnson on Saturday after dropping off the child’s father, Paul […]

Uber/Lyft Lawsuits on the Rise, Be Prepared

*Ridesharing has become popular as a mode of travel. People like the convenience and response times offered by Uber and Lyft. These two companies now dominate the rideshare industry. The service they offer is simple in that it allows everyday drivers to offer taxi service to those who need it. Anyone with a driver’s license […]

Uber Driver Burglarized Homes of Passengers He Dropped Off at Airport

*Officers with the San Mateo, California police arrested Uber driver Jackie Gordon Wilson and charged him with residential burglary for reportedly returning to customers homes after dropping them off at the San Francisco Airport and ransacking the property. Wilson is accused of committing 2 burglaries in the same neighborhood on April 4. According to published […]

Uber Driver Who Murdered 6 People Sentenced to Life in Prison

*The terroristic white American male who shot and killed six people and wounded two others during a shooting rampage around Kalamazoo was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. Former Uber driver Jason Dalton pleaded guilty last month to six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight counts of felony use of […]

Uber Driver Fired After Sending Racist Text to Las Vegas Woman

*Las Vegas resident Taniesha Travis called an Uber to give her a ride home from the grocery store — but says she experienced a vulgar display of racism from the driver and it cost him his job. As 8 News Now reports, Travis doesn’t have a car so she uses Uber every day but when […]

Wanna Drive for Uber or Lyft? No Prob. Just Know the Pay Sucks!

 *(Via Time) – $3.37! That’s the paltry median hourly profit for Uber and Lyft drivers—after expenses are factored in—according to a new study. The paper, from the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, is based on a survey of over 1,100 rideshare drivers. The results indicate that the “median profit from driving […]