How Does California’s Lyft Partnership Puts Drivers at Risk?
Unneeded Risk for the Golden State’s Drivers.
The big news around the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system, or SMART. The system’s commuters will get discounted rides through a partnership with the ridesharing service Lyft. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, there is less here than meets the eye.
But Lyft is working its way into crony capitalism. California’s regulators have gone from being against the ridesharing revolution to becoming willing partners, as long as the pay is right.
Metro reported on the partnership. It appears that politicians are all too willing to approve dangerous things if the campaign donations are big enough. Here, the program allows riders to utilize an app to hail a Lyft ride. Riders will get up to $5 off per ride. Local media reported on more details.
Are Too Many Strings Attached?
Perhaps the local public transport people don’t realize Lyft and Uber’s long line of issues. These range from assault to rape to rampant sexism if we believe the many accusations and lawsuits.
The system disincentivizes walking the “last mile,” lowering efforts for pedestrian traffic. It also adds additional demand on the road network. The important details of the program still haven’t been ironed out– a bad sign for one already announced. Unfortunately, this acts as a corporate subsidy rather than a public service.
There are too many risks and not enough research for such a program. Perhaps Marin County or another public entity will eventually determine how to make such a situation work. However, that day won’t come fast enough. Consumers deserve better for their time and money. All voters have the right to see where their money goes. We each have a role to play. Many see the potential issues with such a program.
Our team at Ehline Law understands the many problems. Follow our site to learn more about issues regarding SDCs. Self-driving cars need a lot more work to get on the road. Government agencies still need more info before they allow these vehicles on the road. They need far more research before they partner with such a push. We can all be involved in the many aspects of a solution.