On Wednesday, I was invited to the premiere of a new movie coming out called Stuber. Turns out, it’s about an Uber driver, so obviously I had to go check it out and report back to all of you if it’s worth your time to go see it.
The battle over AB5 in California, which could turn drivers from independent contractors to employees, is heating up. RSG contributor Sergio Avedian visited the competing protests (for and against AB5), spoke to drivers, and shares his impressions below.
We’ve been covering the AB5 debate closely over the past few months, and this week we saw some big news out of Sacramento. There were two rallies, one against AB5 put on by Uber on Tuesday and one for AB5 put on by driver advocates on Wednesday.
The bill itself, which would codify a widely used workplace standard known as the “ABC” test to determine workers’ employment status into California Law was voted out of the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee on Wednesday afternoon. It will be moved to the Appropriations Committee in early August, after which it will be up for debate in the CA Senate and up for a final vote towards the end of the month.
This bill would only affect California drivers to start, but it could set a precedent for other states around the country.
Can Uber (and Lyft) drivers really manipulate the surge, increasing prices on passengers? RSG contributor Sergio Avedian looked into this claim: how it could be done, if it’s being done, and why drivers are even considering this. Let us know what you think about ‘surge club’ in the comments below!
Recently, we started hearing more about the so-called “Surge Club”. A few drivers craving for attention and their fifteen minutes of fame had the guts to be interviewed by reporters explaining in detail how by simply coordinating their efforts, they were able to trigger higher fares for themselves. Now, quoting from Forrest Gump “Stupid is stupid does”.
What does this brazen act accomplish other than turn the ire of Uber onto them? Possibly get deactivated due to Uber calling this act “fraudulent”. Is it really fraud or is it necessary for drivers to band together in order to scrape a living wage?
Right now, there’s a battle brewing between cities and mobility companies. The battle is over data, but what does data really mean and why is it important? Today’s podcast guest is the perfect person to talk to about how data affects mobility, both for the tech companies running the services and for the cities who have to deal with these services.
New! The Rideshare Dojo Podcast featuring our very own Jay Cradeur is now live! The Rideshare Dojo is by drivers, for drivers and features interviews about everything from driving strategies and daily inspiration to rants on the latest news.
If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.
In this Throwback Classic post, we’re talking about Uber Comfort. We covered Uber Comfort a few months ago, and now Uber is rolling out Uber Comfort to more cities. RSG contributor Paula Gibbins covers what Uber Comfort is, its roll out in cities nationwide, and how it’s affecting drivers.
Has Uber Comfort rolled out in your city? Let us know in the comments or via email how it has affected you and your earnings. Here is the full list of approved Uber Comfort vehicles. Not sure if you’re eligible? Here’s how to get access to Uber Comfort trip requests.
Uber Comfort sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, it was a bit of a shock for drivers in the Phoenix area when it was recently beta tested without their knowledge or consent. I spoke with a driver in Phoenix about his experience and while it was a shocker to begin with, he does see the overall upside of Uber Comfort. Unfortunately, the beta test roll-out just wasn’t quite handled very well.
Uber has been listening to drivers about the roll out and lack of announcement/information to drivers. According to Uber, “eligible drivers will receive an in-app notification and email letting them know they are eligible and providing more details around the driver experience.” Additionally, drivers will be notified in their apps when a Comfort trip is available.