It’s been a rough few weeks for rideshare drivers in the LA area due to Uber’s recent rate cuts where they slashed the per mile rate by 25%. As a result, we’ve seen a number of large protests in the LA area and around the country. But apparently, some L.A. City Councilmembers may have missed that memo, as there’s now talk of banning rooftop advertising on Uber and Lyft cars!
Here at RSG, we’re firmly on the side of drivers getting paid, however they choose to do it. Whether it’s by suggesting passengers visit a family bakery (like reader Kyle does), putting a mobile vending machine in their car (with Cargo), or wrapping their car in advertising, if it makes drivers more money, we’re for it (the legal stuff, that is!). Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur, however, recently found out this might not be okay with local authorities. Here’s what drivers need to know.
Recently we were contacted by loyal Rideshare Guy reader and driver Greg (not his real name) who told us that he received a citation from the SFO Airport Commission. Did you know that we, the drivers, are prohibited from using our cars to advertise while driving on San Francisco Airport (SFO) property? In fact, no advertising is allowed.
If you did not know this, you’re not alone. In this article, we will delve into this recent development and see if we can make sense of an unusual and contradictory situation.
All Uber and Lyft drivers have to have their cars inspected in order to be qualified to drive, which can be a hassle and cost drivers money. But what if you could get both inspections (for Uber and Lyft) for free? Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur shows us how drivers can get free inspections for both Uber and Lyft – in half the time.
When you first sign up with Uber and/or Lyft, you will have to bring your car in and pass a 19-point inspection. Both companies require an inspection to ensure your car is both safe and capable of delivering a comfortable and pleasant ride.
This is a sponsored overview of Tello Mobile but as always, all opinions are our own and we only review products and services that we use ourselves.
Say Hello To Cheap Data
Not every job in the gig economy requires a car, but every gig economy job does require a phone with a data plan. Preferably, a phone with a solid data plan.
Recently, we covered a new rideshare company called Bounce, and many of you had questions about how busy Bounce rideshare is and how much drivers with Bounce can make. Today, senior RSG contributor Will Preston covers that, plus an interesting conversation he had with one Bounce rider.
Imagine trying to compete with one of the biggest companies in the world, and you’ll have some idea of what life must be like for the founders of Bounce. With all of Uber’s challenges – not the least of which is turning a profit at some point – it has been successful enough to be synonymous with rideshare. Uber has joined Xerox, Frisbee, and Kleenex as a company whose name means the thing it does. Many of my Lyft passengers say “I’m in an Uber” when they’re on the phone with a friend.
However, the founder of Bounce seems to have seized upon a few things about Uber and Lyft that might allow Bounce to attract both passengers and drivers. Bounce tells passengers that everyone pays the same fare; there’s no pricing based on where you live, where you’re going, or how busy it is. Bounce tells drivers they get a piece of the company and residual revenue based on helping the company grow.