Last Week in LegalRideshare: Assaults, Banned Riders, and a Duopoly


A driver gets assaulted, riders get banned and Uber and Lyft buddy up? Legalrideshare breaks it down.

Monday 5/27

The week started with shocking footage of a Lyft passenger savagely beating his driver. NBC4 in New York covered the story  and added “He whales on Ma​diedo from the back seat, and at one point tries to get in the front seat of the car, which is still in motion.”  

Tuesday 5/28

Did Uber kill the taxi industry? New York Times hosted a podcast about the struggles the taxi industry faced and what caused it to happen.​

Wednesday 5/29

On Wednesday, it was officially announced Uber will start banning riders with low ratings. NPR reported: “They will receive tips on how to increase their scores — suggestions like being polite, taking their trash out of the vehicle and refraining from asking drivers to speed.” 

Thursday 5/30

In an effort to support the LGBT comminuty, Lyft announced that it offers pronoun options for riders. ABC 13 reported: Profile options include "he", "she", "they", "prefer not to say" and "my pronoun isn't listed".

Friday 5/31

The week ends with a surprising twist for Uber and Lyft. As The Street reported, one analyst believes that Uber and Lyft aren’t competitors at all, but a duopoly. He added:  “A duopoly being Uber and Lyft because they kind of need to work in tandem to make sure that they can maintain the appropriate amount of price levels to improve margins and keep them at a decent level to kind of weather this storm of, of operating losses right now. “

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