Toronto Star: Uber, Lyft team up on database to expose abusive drivers

Toronto Star: Uber, Lyft team up on database to expose abusive drivers. “Uber and Lyft have teamed up to create a database of drivers ousted from their ride-hailing services for complaints about sexual assault and other crimes that have raised passenger-safety concerns for years. The clearinghouse unveiled Thursday will initially list drivers expelled by the ride-hailing rivals in the U.S. But it will also be open to other companies that deploy workers to perform services such as delivering groceries or take-out orders from restaurants.”

Mashable: Lyft offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccinations at CVS sites

Mashable: Lyft offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccinations at CVS sites. “Lyft will provide free or discounted rides to vaccination appointments at CVS Health community clinics. These clinics will open in March and April in mobile vaccination vans and at other locations, in an effort to make the nationwide inoculation campaign more accessible. Lyft will share more about vaccination clinic locations and availability in the coming weeks.”

CNN: The pandemic boosted food delivery companies. Soon they may face a reality check

CNN: The pandemic boosted food delivery companies. Soon they may face a reality check. “At the start of 2020, it looked like the food delivery sector was about to face a reckoning after years of raising and losing billions of dollars. One of the original food delivery businesses, Grubhub, was considering putting itself up for sale after losing its foothold on the market. Its competitors, DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats, had also reportedly been in talks about mergers. Meanwhile, Uber’s CEO signaled a fundamental shift for its meal delivery service: focusing on profitable growth. Then the pandemic changed everything.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: A COVID-19 death renews questions of Uber and Lyft’s responsibility to drivers

San Diego Union-Tribune: A COVID-19 death renews questions of Uber and Lyft’s responsibility to drivers. “The pandemic has dramatically raised the stakes in the years-long fight over what protections Lyft, Uber and other gig-economy companies should be required to provide workers. Adding to longstanding wage and benefit gripes, [Billie Sue] Matchke’s fate is now the nightmare scenario facing rideshare drivers everywhere. Some have recently gone beyond just wearing masks and wiping down door handles to also installing makeshift partitions in their vehicles to shield themselves from potentially infected customers. Advocates have argued that drivers shouldn’t be forced to risk death just to make ends meet, and have blasted Uber and Lyft for making it nearly impossible for drivers to collect state unemployment pay.”

Mashable: Lyft will offer free rides for voters during the 2020 primaries

Mashable: Lyft will offer free rides for voters during the 2020 primaries. “On Friday, the ride share service announced that it would be expanding its free and discounted ride program throughout the primary calendar and general election. Part of the company’s LyftUp initiative — a charitable effort that helps in-need riders of all kinds — the Voting Access Program will start with the Iowa caucus on Monday.”

PopSugar: Lyft Is Offering Discounted Rides to Black History Museums and Black-Owned Businesses All Month

PopSugar: Lyft Is Offering Discounted Rides to Black History Museums and Black-Owned Businesses All Month. “Lyft is joining the Black History Month celebrations by offering free or discounted rides to locations that embody black excellence. This promo works on one ride, up to $10, to black history museums, memorials, and cultural sites and black-owned businesses in participating cities around the US.” Alas, my city is not participating, but there’s a pretty good list of US cities (and a couple of Canadian) that are participating.

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles . “With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country.”

The Verge: Driver for Uber and Lyft live-streamed hundreds of riders on Twitch without their consent

The Verge: Driver for Uber and Lyft live-streamed hundreds of riders on Twitch without their consent. Eww. “An Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis, Missouri has given around 700 rides since March 2018, and nearly all of them have been live-streamed on Twitch, without passenger consent. In a lengthy report, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailed the actions of Jason Gargac, a 32-year ride-hailing driver who took advantage of Missouri’s one-party consent laws to build up a Twitch following by live-streaming passengers — including children. At times, Gargac has inadvertently revealed the full names of his riders and what their homes and neighborhoods looked like on his channel, under the online handle ‘JustSmurf.’”