Uber enjoys many unfair advantages compared to other forms of GROUND TRANSPORTATION, but a California bill at least would make Uber drivers carry the same commercial vehicle insurance as charter-party carriers, such as limousines.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Uber Technologies and Lyft suffered a significant defeat at the state Capitol Wednesday when the Senate Insurance Committee moved forward legislation that would boost insurance requirements covering drivers who use private vehicles to accept ride requests via the smartphone apps.
San Francisco Business Times article here
Other TNC-related articles in the headlines this week indicate more headwinds for Uber and TNCs on many fronts. Heads, UP. . .
TEAMING UP: Now Uber has really done it. Their drivers are talking tough about joining The Teamsters. Southern California Public Radio article here
CHEAPENING UP: UberX lowers rates 25% in Los Angeles. Southern California Public Radio article here
LAWYERING UP: A class action lawsuit claims that drivers are employees, not independent contractors, which would put Uber on the hook for expenses such as gas, insurance and car maintenance. It also alleges that Uber has stiffed them on tips. SFGate.com article here
SHOWING UP: More than 100 Uber drivers, their family members and members of the Teamsters union on Tuesday attended a rally outside the Uber offices in Santa Monica, Calif. Southern California Public Radio article here
FED UP: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said this week that until Uber complies with the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance, drivers will be ticketed and their vehicles will be impounded. WKMG-TV, Channel 6/Orlando article and video here
MONIED UP: Backed by wealthy venture capitalists, Uber and Lyft are rightfully facing vehement opposition from legislators; established taxi and livery services in New Haven, Hartford, and nationwide; and from disability communities questioning accessibility. New Haven (Conn.) Register opinion article here
PAY UP: If you're in a bad accident in an UberX car, you could be left paying the bill. NBC Southern California investigative report and video here
SHAPE UP: The University of California system may bar its workers from using services such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb on business trips. SFGate.com article here
-- Compiled by LCT editor Martin Romjue