This Week in Rideshare: Ambulance, Teams and ‘Pumped’

Hospitals flip to rideshare, Uber buys teams, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Travis Kalanick. LegalRideshare breaks it down.


Uber on the massive display, the White Home within the backseat, and rideshare as a substitute of an ambulance. It’s all right here in This Week in Rideshare.

MONDAY 1/10/22

Individuals needing emergency response could also be turning to Uber for his or her journey to the hospital. Charlotte Observer reported:

Amid staffing shortages as a result of COVID-19, Mecklenburg County emergency officers are hoping extra individuals will reap the benefits of a not too long ago launched partnership with ride-share corporations to get to space hospitals.

This system, which permits low-risk sufferers to take a Lyft or Uber to the hospital reasonably than an ambulance is a “protected and acceptable” method to get care, Medic officers this week.

The rideshares, through Lyft or Uber, are provided to sure sufferers who name 911 with low-risk points, comparable to comparatively minor accidents and “generalized sickness,” who first converse with a “nurse recommendation line,” in line with Studnek.

TUESDAY 1/11/22

Extra unlucky incidents of drivers carjacked, this time in Ohio. Fox 8 reported:

On scene, police realized the sufferer was a Lyft driver who had not too long ago picked up three females on West twenty eighth Avenue who had requested a journey to Colgate Avenue and West 73rd. When the automotive, a black Ford Flex, arrived on the vacation spot, the feminine sitting behind the driving force’s seat obtained out and pointed a gun on the driver, saying “We’d like this get out.” The sufferer was additionally directed to go away his cellular phone earlier than they drove off.

WEDNESDAY 1/12/22

Journey-hailing corporations have created their very own teams within the title of employee’s pursuits. Some aren’t satisfied. Chicago Enterprise reported:

In line with reporting from expertise information group The Markup, the organizations’ preliminary focus was guaranteeing drivers remained labeled as unbiased contractors, which permits corporations to keep away from offering advantages like staff’ compensation. In the course of the second half of this 12 months, the ICIW has shifted its goal to a Chicago ordinance proposed in Could that may place restrictions on an indicator of ride-hailing apps’ enterprise mannequin: the surge pricing characteristic.

“The truth that (the ICIW is) going after a invoice that that’s good for shoppers however unhealthy for the businesses reveals the extent to which this is a company that’s a subterfuge for the corporate’s pursuits and never for employee’s pursuits or client pursuits,” mentioned Veena Dubal, an employment regulation professional on the College of California, Hastings Faculty of the Legislation.

THURSDAY 1/13/22

The White Home. Picture through Wikimedia Commons/consumer:AgnosticPreachersKid. (CCA-BY-3.0).

The White Home steps in to supply extra oversight of ride-sharing corporations. NJ reported:

The White Home will work with Congress to offer federal oversight of ride-sharing corporations in response to the homicide of a New Jersey lady by a faux Uber driver, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned.

“We’re dedicated to making sure that the security of all passengers, together with these in journey share, and we’ll work carefully with Congress to make sure federal oversight of journey share corporations to guard different dad and mom from the tragedy Sami’s dad and mom have gone by, and her buddies and her total neighborhood,” Psaki mentioned.

Laws launched in February by Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th Dist., would arrange a digital entry system to permit passengers to confirm their ride-sharing automotive upfront. Related laws handed the Home in July 2020 however by no means got here up within the Senate.

FRIDAY 1/14/22

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