NYC caps down, Illinois buttons up, and JennyMilk stops by the LegalRideshare Lounge. Let’s break it down.
Passengers in Australia had a tough time grabbing an Uber on Monday after drivers protested about the upfront pricing system. As Mashable reported, the group RideShare Drivers United (RSDU) called for drivers to turn off the Uber app between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Monday in protest against company changes.
Looks like Lime is getting the squeeze again. St. Louis has banned the scooters from the sidewalks and requires riders to wear a helmet, according to a new city ordinance. And if you don’t obey? Expect a $500 fine or 90 days in jail or both.
On Wednesday, Illinois laid down the law on rideshare. Literally. A new Illinois rideshare law requires more extensive background checks including social security numbers and date of birth. Surprisingly, this wasn’t enforced before. NBC5 in Chicago spoke with Bryant Greening about what this means for the Chicago rideshare community.
Thursday marked a big shift for rideshare in NYC. As CNBC has reported, New York City Council passed regulations on ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft on Wednesday, capping the number of vehicles on the road for one year and requiring that drivers be paid a minimum wage. Both sides have weighed in on the issue. Some applaud the new regulations and believe it’ll protect drivers. Other fear for longer wait times and higher prices.
We end the week with our number one fan, JennyMilk, stopped by the LegalRideshare Lounge to talk with Bryant about the “what-to-dos” in a serious rideshare accident. They also highlighted the lounge and answered viewer questions.
Have a safe and fantastic weekend!