The new, tech-based, gig-worker economy presents all kinds of opportunities— opportunities that will inevitably be taken advantage of by smart entrepreneurs. One such opportunity is the demand for group transportation. We’re talking about the kind of groups too big for services like Uber XL or Lyft XL and factoring in the massive under-utilization of large-capacity for-hire vehicles like airport shuttles, party buses and 13-seat Sprinter vans. That’s what Los Angeles-based Amir Ghorbani, Ruben Schultz and Pete Evenson saw, anyway. What they created is Swoop.
It’s official – Uber has announced it is filing for an IPO soon. What does this all mean for drivers? In some cases, it could be very good news. Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur shares what Uber’s IPO announcement means for drivers below.
Last month, Lyft announced their driver appreciation bonuses and if you had over 10,000 trips, you earned $1,000. And if you did over 20,000 trips, you earned $10,000. Boy, what a difference a month makes! Now, just five weeks later, Uber is doing the same thing.
Or are they? Is it better or is it worse? In this article, we will break down Uber’s recent bonus announcement that should put a smile on the face of quite a few drivers.
With the end of Lyft’s Power Driver Bonus comes something new: the Weekly Ride Challenge. What is the WRC and how could it impact drivers? Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur covers what the WRC is, how it’s different from Lyft’s old PDB and how these new changes may impact drivers.
Recently Lyft announced the end of the Power Driver Bonus. However, we did not know what would take its place. We knew there would be no car requirements for this new bonus, which means even if you have a car older than 2011, you could still qualify for the bonus.
We knew that the concept of Peak Hours and requiring drivers to drive at specific times of the day would no longer apply. We also knew that the bonus would change on a weekly basis, according to Lyft, based on “driving behavior, and current market conditions.” On August 27th, Lyft let us know what they had to offer.
Big news in NYC – the New York City Council enacted major changes in drivers’ favor and against Uber/Lyft. What impact will these regulations have on drivers? Senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers the latest below.
Yesterday, the New York City Council enacted some of the strictest regulations on Uber and Lyft in the nation when they passed a sweeping package aimed squarely at ride-hail companies and their drivers. The regulations in New York City will include a 1-year cap on allowing new Uber and Lyft cars in the city while also creating an earnings floor similar to a minimum wage for drivers, as well as several other new rules.
After 180 Days of Change, drivers have been asking for more from Uber and now it looks like Uber is finding innovative ways to reward these highly-rated drivers. Senior RSG contributor Christian Perea explains Uber’s new Rider Preferred program and how drivers can use it to increase earnings.
Recently, Uber drivers started to receive mysterious black boxes in the mail from Uber Headquarters. They weren’t expecting it.
Upon opening it, they were treated with a Thank You from Uber for being a top 2% driver and were given access to a new special promotion that rewarded them for having high ratings. Drivers who received this status will receive an additional $1 anytime someone tips them through the month of August! On top of the tip from the rider.