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April 13, 2018 3:35 p.m. Updated 04/13/2018
Uber, Lyft and Via sue to block wheelchair-accessibility mandate
The filing calls the new rules "arbitrary and capricious"
The city's three biggest ride-hail companies have banded together to undo the recently passed Taxi and Limousine Commission mandate requiring them to make wheelchair accessible service a growing part of their operations.
Uber, Lyft, and Via filed a petition in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday asking that the TLC mandate be vacated and annulled. The rules are set to go into effect in July, and will require that within 12 months 5% of all trips dispatched by the operators be in wheelchair accessible vehicles.
The portion will rise to 25% by July 2023. The accessible rides will be required regardless of whether they were requested by a person using...
While gas prices have been steadily rising, Uber rates have stayed the same. It's also useful to note that Uber rates across the country have no correlation to gas prices. Look at the gas price heat map in the image below:
Of course, the USA still has some of the cheapest gas in the world - in Europe they are paying well above $6 a gallon, and over $7 in Norway (!).
While we are paying $3.60 a gallon here in Los Angeles, there are areas of the Midwest where prices are less than $2.20 a gallon. But drivers in the midwest earn virtually the same as a Los Angeles driver. In Houston they are paying about $2.50 a gallon. And in comparing rates:
Los Angeles UberX driver rates:While Houston's mile/minute rates are slightly lower, they have a base fare, and Los...
- Base: 0.00
- Per Mile: 0.72
- Per Minute: 0.1125
- Base: 0.75
- Per Mile: 0.70
- Per Minute: 0.0825
This actually happened to me a few months ago. I’ve been wanting to tell the story, but I felt it would be very hard to describe the situation. And I don’t have the DamseLinDistresS writing skills.
But I had some time so I’m giving it a shot.
So It’s about 11:30 PM and I pick up this very drunk woman. She’s leaving what appears to be a house party. The kind of drunk that I might have said no to normally. But 2 women came out and I could see one was helping the other walk a bit. But I thought they were both getting in.
Once she was in and I realized the more sober looking one wasn’t going, I decided to go with it since this wasn’t a young 20 something girl. It was a woman maybe late 30’s or early 40’s. Good looking woman dressed to kill.
I’m taking her to kind of a bad neighborhood. It’s not terrible, but does have known gang activity.
As bad as neighborhoods get in this city. Been here many times and never any issues.
This next part has nothing to do with...
So, as I have learned recently, Uber does not care if you are a complete professional and providing excellent service. They simply consider drivers to be meat puppets, easily replaced by any other warm body. They don't care if you've been an excellent brand ambassador. You are just a bug in their eyes.
I have now discussed the issues of LAX deactivation both with in person and text support, and also with several drivers, and have been able to determine some of the various secret rules, and will also discuss many seemingly innocent activities that will trigger flags that lead to deactivation, either at the airport, instant pay, or complete deactivation.
I do not know how many total or different flags need to be set in order to cause a deactivation event, but it would seem that the number is very low when associated with an airport.
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES THAT SET FLAGS
Some of these should be common sense, as they are obviously fraud. Others have many innocent...
Instructions for downloading and troubleshooting the new version are 7 posts down. In the meantime check to ensure whether or not you are running version 3.168.10005. If you are, you have the new app installed and you just need to follow the last step of the install instructions to get it to work. If not, follow the install instruction from step one. (Note: I am not sure if one can get the update if you didn't receive the email from Uber with the link to Play Store as this link contains personalized meta data.)
Instructions for checking version number:
Method one: Go to settings>Apps>Uber Driver and your version number will show up right below the app name up top
Method two: Go to the Play Store, go to the Uber Driver app, click the "read more" link in the description, scroll to the bottom, check version like in the following screenshot:
Trying to pin down what exactly is happening. Lots of data moving.
Check out this story on CNNMoney:
Just found this...
So now you can rent out someone's car...
Starting in SFO...
What will they think of next...8>O
(!80 days of pain)
April 10, 2018 / 10:03 AM / Updated 9 minutes ago
Uber launches new app for drivers
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Tuesday unveiled a new app for its drivers that includes a real-time earnings tracker, the latest effort by the ride-hailing service to improve an often contentious relationship.
The move follows Uber’s ‘180 days of change’ program that was launched last June to make changes requested by drivers, such as tipping and compensation for the time spent waiting for passengers.
“While 180 Days was about correcting missteps of the past, we also needed to think longer term, and the obvious place to start was the Driver app,” Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.
The new app will also introduce a new status bar to help drivers decide their next location based on a spike in requests, along with a notification feature...
Class action says Uber's "methodical scheme" manipulates rider fares, driver pay.
DAVID KRAVETS - 4/6/2017, 10:54 AM
Uber has devised a "clever and sophisticated" scheme in which it manipulates navigation data used to determine "upfront" rider fare prices while secretly short-changing the driver, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing app.
When a rider uses Uber's app to hail a ride, the fare the app immediately shows to the passenger is based on a slower and longer route compared to the one displayed to the driver. The software displays a quicker, shorter route for the driver. But the rider pays the higher fee, and the driver's commission is...
I won't.....I have a feeling upcoming major improvements will screw the drivers.....lol
A man who ordered a Lyft to take him to Los Angeles International Airport this week was dropped off at a random parking lot instead after the driver realized how little money he would be making on the trip, according to a video recording of the incident.
Darryl, a pilot for a major airline who didn't want his last name used or his employer identified, was headed to LAX on Thursday morning for work when the incident took place.
He was on a tight schedule when the driver apparently realized it wasn't worth it financially for him to get the passenger to his destination and abruptly decided to abandon him.
I need to take an Uber today so I figured I'd see if there was a groupon. There is! Reading the text I was kind of upset to see the following:
."Fares are all-inclusive, and the completely hassle-free payments are made using your credit card that is on file with no need to tip, thereby getting rid of the stressful moment at the end of taxi trips where you calculate a tip in your head."
Uber and Lyft rides could become more expensive in Seattle. The city is considering setting a minimum fare per ride and other regulations in an effort to ensure drivers are compensated fairly.
The Seattle City Council is expected to introduce a resolution this week to start the process toward enacting new regulations that could change how on-demand transportation companies operate in the region. The city will explore a minimum base fare of $2.40 per ride for Uber and Lyft and a minimum compensation for all independent contractors, which includes drivers for transportation networks.
I think I want to move to Seattle!
Sup, y'all! Madtown, back again!!! I had a great day driving in Cream City (Milwaukee) yesterday and I am again pondering the topic of eating and drinking during a Rideshare "shift".
I find that I get annoyed if I have to stop to go to the bathroom because I might miss something. Could be just the way I am wired (similar to why I don't sleep a lot). So in the morning I will drink coffee to stay awake but I will try to limit it it so I don't have to stop often...and then I try to time the final pee break with filling up my gas tank (I don't pee in bottles in the car). Late nights I sip a Starbucks sweetened coffee drink which is convenient because it can be capped. Then I hydrate only when I feel it's necessary.
I find that even if I am getting hungry I don't notice it due to all the stimuli of driving and interacting with people. It's like the adrenaline keeps me satisfied. Sorry if that sounds weird or lame, but it's kind of like a video game binge from back in the...
So here is what I think and I want some input on this whether you agree or not. I think having a beater is the only way to do Uber and Lyft. I'm seeing many people with Jeeps and BMWs, talking about "I'm not making no money". Well, when you get 13 mpg, of course your're not! In my opinion, I think people who have money to start with have the upper hand and that should be no surprise. There are lots of good cars under $4,000 on craigslist and by having a paid off beater, you should be able to do well. I think people have a problem handling money rather than having a problem with Uber/Lyft. There are lots of cars right now that are doing this and they're not cut out for it. What do you guys think?
This is long. You've been warned.
Pick up two nicely dressed middle age guys from a high-end resort. Saw they had luggage, offered to help, did the whole pleasant small talk thing. Totally normal. And then, 5 minutes in to the drive, after they mentioned getting ready to go to Phoenix for a work meeting, and me asking which industry they work in, pax blows my mind and tells me he's a (high ranking) exec for Uber! I'm protecting his identity here because it's the right thing to do, but trust me.
So, knowing that requesting higher pay for drivers would fall on deaf ears, I lobbied hard for a few other things. But before I did, I asked him, "Have you ever been a driver for Uber?" He smiled and said no, but he's thought about doing it. I told him he absolutely should, that he would gain a greater empathy and understanding for drivers and what it's actually like for us out there.
I lobbied to get Uber to get more serious about ending the unaccompanied minors problem for us. I also...
Uber passenger offered me $500 to have 'fun' with him (illegal) and wouldn't get out of my car. Guess he didn't care about the dashcam and posted video recording notices clearly visible in my car. It is not uncommon for passengers to tip up to $50 on very long rides, which is the only reason I offered to break his larger bill. The fastest and safest way to remove people from my vehicle is to deescalate the situation. I behaved the way I did in order to diffuse the situation without confrontation. Yes, I had easy access to a personal defense item.
And according to Uber's 'Legal' section on 'Community Guidelines': no you're not supposed to ask.
"Physical contact with the driver or fellow riders. As our community guidelines make clear, you shouldn’t touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what."
I know this guy, Samoir. He's like a very good friend. Samoir always used to be the kind of guy who would try to live by some kind of moral code, trying to do the right thing instead of wrong. It wasn't a perfectly applied code, he wasn't Jesus Christ or Moses, but his moral compass generally worked ok.
Then he started doing Uber and Lyft. At first he did the job according to this moral code. He was always polite to pax. He laughed at their jokes. He answered their same repeated questions for a tenth, a hundredth and a thousandth time. He returned left-behind cellphones, keys and glasses without thinking of having to ask for compensation for his time. He waited for pax until 5:00 and never shuffled them. He was always honest. He took all of them wherever they wanted to go.
But this job changes people. He was exposed to the dregs of society. 98% of pax were fine, normal decent people, and that was great. But there were also the dregs, and these are the ones who caused a change in...
"Turn off your ignition if you're waiting more than 10 seconds. Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuelthan leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine. Warm up your engine by driving it, not by idling."
I noticed I visit the pump less often aftet I turn engine off as I wait for pax that often take more than a minute to arrive.
To create that "equitable space," the app doesn't allow male passengers or drivers. Even before its official launch March 16, some on Facebook have criticized DriveHer as being "sexist" and "dividing;" however, founder Aisha Addo doesn't view her service as discriminatory.
"People need to calm down and look at this from not only a safety perspective and an empowering perspective but then also an empathetic perspective," she said of possible critics. "Instead of complaining about it, have conversations about it. Be an ally. Stand in solidarity with the women in your lives and really try to understand where we're coming from."
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