Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sidecar Shutting Down Ride And Delivery Service

Sidecar, the on-demand car service in competition with Lyft and Uber, has announced that it is shutting down at the end of this year.  

Last August, Sidecar announced that it was focusing on less ride share services while increasing its efforts to deliver food, flowers and goods to patrons of Eat24 and other on demand product sellers that its network of drivers can transport from store to front door. 

On December 31 at 2pm PT, Sidecar will officially stop offering rides and deliveries.

This may not be the end of Sidecar as in its email to partners the company plans to "pursue other strategic opportunities."  

Drivers interested in being contacted regarding future driving opportunities with our shipping partners, click here

Drivers were also provided this email address for addition questions: support@side.cr. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LAX pick ups becomes a reality for LYFT drivers

LA Mayor Garcetti announced yesterday that LYFT ride service may begin picking up travelers at LAX as of Dec 23 at 8:00 AM

Airport pick ups may only be done in the DEPARTURES area and only 40 LYFT cars will be permitted on the grounds at any one time, according to a Dec 23, 2015 article by the LA Times.

The LA Times reported, "The biggest loser in the rise of ride-hailing could be Southern California taxi companies, which view the airport as their last remaining revenue stronghold." 

Considering there is a far greater selection of taxis permitted in the airport facility people may be more reluctant to wait for an ride-share when they can hail a cab from the curb. 

Drivers are encouraged to know the rules of the airports while conducting business there. Rule violations often result in heavy fines and impound of vehicle.

Not all rider requests may come from LAX.  Drivers may find lots of long rides hanging around the major hotels, car rentals and metro station.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Media bias: "Cab driver pounds on UberX car, dragged 20 metres in Toronto protest"

This video has gone viral on the Web and shows a protesting taxi driver slamming on a Uber driver's car. He is clearly displaying aggression towards the driver yet the media reports he is dragged 20 meters by the driver.

If the protester let go of the door handle he would not have been dragged as the driver was attempting to flee for his safety.