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Funny tweet by a passenger about the rating system
Interesting article about how rideshare companies are actually increasing traffic and miles driven on the roads. This article focuses on Seattle, but just last year's numbers alone are amazing.
Article about safety while using the rideshare apps for riders. Pretty good article that brings up some very valid points but also some terrible ones. Should read them allowed and discuss as a group.
DFW airport changes coming starting september 8th. Their solution is to have airport employees shoo any drivers away if they are waiting curbside for more than 1 minute? Thoughts?
Stats about how risk of crashing with the gig economy is increasing
Tip Time: Sometimes it pays off to wait for the riders. Not all the time, but when the riders have been very good about communicating I highly suggest waiting for them. Chances are if they say they are going to take good care of you they will. Prime example was Justin's trip this past weekend. Jason and I were convincing him to stay and wait it out and he did not want to. Jason actually turned down this trip and Justin took it.
Questions from our facebook groups
Q: I was under the impression that uber/lyft pays for our tolls? Now i have an $185.25 ticket that i need to pay. Original toll was $12.75 amount of penalty is $172.50.
A: They reimburse you for your tolls if you look at the ride receipt. If you miss paying a toll it is on the driver to go back and pay it. If you do not pay it or pay the penalties they will suspend your driver's license
Q: So now that we're using the new uber driver app is there no way to cancel a ride and get paid for a no show? When i arrive at my destination i can see the timer for the rider is notified but then after that expires it goes into charging rider but the timer never changes its always at 0 minutes. At one point i’d literally have waited over 8 minutes and never received the option to cancel the ride as a no show.
A: Seems like this has been a pretty common glitch in the new app. The option is there but sometimes does not work. At that point i would just cancel the ride and take the hit after 5 minutes.
Q: Did uber eats reduce the pick up fee for drivers? I have been doing uber eats since december when they first rolled it out here in Grand Rapids and the pick up fee has always been $1.98, but today both of my food deliveries were only $1.08 pick up fee.
A: Yes they lowered the delivery on both sides for the customer and for the driver. Have to think they lowered it because of all the new platforms starting in Grand Rapids.
Q: Did you know that Lyft has a maximum fare? Once you reach that maximum you will not be paid to drive any farther.
A: To check what the maximum rate is in your market go to dashboard on the driver app then click on rate card. In Grand Rapids maximum for regular lyft is $300. It’s the same for lyft xl also. Lyft lux is $375 maximum.