Monday, January 18, 2016

KXAN On Uber Minimum Fare Increase

My first interview with AUSTIN (KXAN).  This makes it official.  I have been interviewed by every local Austin TV station now. KXAN was the last station to finally interview me.  As the fight continues to assure rideshare companies Uber and Lyft remain in Austin, Uber is doubling its minimum fare. This comes a month after the Austin City Council voted in favor of fingerprint background checks for rideshare companies. Uber and Lyft vow to leave if those measures are implemented.  KXAN asked for my opinion.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Insurance Requirements for Uber and Lyft drivers

Another interview with KEYE.  This story is about new insurance requirements for all Texas TNC drivers.  This new law sets minimum levels of coverage for when you are logged onto the app and when you have a passenger in your car.  The driver is suppose to add this endorsement to his insurance, but if they don't, the TNC is responsibility for any liability. 

It sounds like Uber and Lyft users already comply, but if we do not buy the extra insurance and we have more than one app running, then which TNC will be liable?  The bill is almost a backdoor incentive to make TNC drivers only use one app at a time.  So they can easily tell who is liable.