Customers love Uber and Lyft, and as a frequent Uber/Lyft passenger myself, I understand why! Increasingly, however, cities are having major issues with Uber and Lyft. A new report aims to highlight how top cities around the world are regulating Uber and Lyft effectively, and we’ll cover this report and more in this week’s podcast episode.
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- Today I’ll be chatting with Meera Joshi, a visiting scholar at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
- She’s also the co-author of the report E-Hail Regulations in Global Cities
- She has a background in ride hailing, law, and more
- Fascinating episode you won’t want to miss!
Intro to Meera Joshi
- Outgoing Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
- Under her tenure, NYC became the first city in the nation to mandate granular trip data from large app operators (like Uber and Lyft)
- Preferred mode of transit: walking!
- Spent most of her career in criminal justice and investigations
Regulating Uber and Lyft
- Companies bottom line is to make money
- Doesn’t always work together with regulation – usually in conflict
- Report came about to see how other markets are handling Uber and Lyft
- E-Hail Regulation in Global Cities (see link below in Show Notes)
Using Data to Improve Safety
- Using data to determine how to improve safety
- Focus on ‘professional drivers’ on the road
- Trip records can show who is driving and when – if drivers are running red lights, this is something that could affect their ability to drive for Uber/Lyft
- The only reason these companies exist is because cities provide the roads
- Municipalities want to recoup the cost somehow
- The fee is on the company, but the company puts the fee on each trip (which hurts drivers)
- This increases passenger angst, too
Cities Creating a Safety Net for Drivers
- Starting to see a trend among cities trying to offer drivers some form of safety net for independent contractors
- These protections cost money
- Don’t want to see the fees going to what companies think drivers need but rather what drivers actually need
- Cities need to prioritize data collection – hard to say right now what the conditions are out there
- Thanks to Meera for coming on the podcast! In the coming months, I think we’ll see more cities engage in more regulation
- I think this will be something we’ll see a lot more of in the next year or two as well
- Want me to interview someone on this topic? Let me know!