Is fixing Uber going to be easy? Not quite – but it could be the key to future financial success. Also, are driverless cars really around the corner – or is it all PR hype? Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers these stories and more in this week’s round up.
The other week, Uber hosted the first Driver Advisory Forum. This forum brought in diverse drivers from around the United States and was an opportunity for drivers to share their feedback and contribute to a better dialogue between Uber’s leadership and drivers. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers the Forum and how you might be able to get involved in the future.
Last week, Uber flew 35 drivers out to their headquarters in San Francisco to participate in their first ever Driver Advisory Forum. Drivers from all over the US spent the day meeting with Uber executives ranging from the Chief Operations Officer to the new(ish) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. This forum was all in the name of providing feedback and creating a better dialogue between Uber’s leadership and those of us who make the company run where the rubber meets the road.
We’ve been covering “upfront pricing” by the rideshare companies for a while because the fact is: the way the companies takes their commissions from drivers’ pay can be confusing. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers upfront pricing and how it harms drivers.
Also, post your worst cases of upfront pricing (instructions below) and we’ll have a competition to see who has been burned the most. I’ll cover the difference for whoever lost the most in an upfront pricing fare!
Upfront pricing is the most controversial aspect of how drivers earn money in 2018. Drivers regularly send Harry examples of rides where Uber takes more than 60% of the fare. The discrepancies on some of these rides are so large, it’s hard to tell if Uber is underpaying the driver or overcharging the passenger (or both). Drivers claim that upfront pricing lacks transparency and gives TNCs the power to manipulate pricing in the houses’ favor.
All kinds of interesting info in this week’s round up, including Uber’s secret tool for keeping law enforcement in the dark, a potential “air taxi” at CES, and a new settlement in New York. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers Uber’s dark deeds, how Travis profits, and more in this round up.
Uber and Lyft both have deactivation policies, but sometimes (if or when you’re deactivated), the reason can seem very arbitrary. Today, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur tries to de-mystify the reasons why drivers can be deactivated and recommendations for avoiding deactivation.
In order to remain an active rideshare driver, you need to adhere to Uber and Lyft’s deactivation policy guidelines. For the most part, the do’s and don’t’s listed below will keep you from being deactivated… unless there is a problem with the Uber background check system. Lately, Uber has been in the news for deactivating drivers for no apparent reason, which is what happened to me late last year.
However, some drivers are deactivated for very legitimate reasons. This article will present the basic Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to driving and maintaining an active driver status.
Editor’s Note: Uber and Lyft have their own deactivation policies and Terms of Service, but there is still clearly a lot unwritten. Jay has given over 14,000 rides over the last few years, so these are the recommendations he’s learned over the years – plus a few common-sense things to do or not do.