ridesharing News

Uber Hires Obama Campaign Strategist; Expands Into Courier Service

Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities. The San Francisco-based company, which is …

Maryland Lawmaker: Legislation on Web-Based Ridesharing Likely

A Maryland lawmaker says the Legislature and not the state Public Service Commission should come up with policies to regulate Web-based ride-sharing services like Uber, after the PSC ruled this week that such companies should be treated the same way …

Uber Begins Operating in Richmond, Virginia

The ridesharing company Uber is launching in Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the company began offering service in the city last Thursday. The move comes after Virginia decided to allow Uber and Lyft to operate under a temporary …

Steep Fines Reported by Utah Rideshare Drivers

Drivers for smartphone-based ridesharing services are facing steep fines from Salt Lake City officials, who assert the drivers are running unlicensed taxi services. Some drivers for the app-based service Lyft say they’ve been fined $6,500 for a single ticket. David …

N.Y. Uber Drivers Flock to Hamptons for Summer ‘Pop-Up’ Market

Like many New York City dwellers, Adam Cosentino’s summer ritual includes making the 100-mile trek to the beach towns of the Hamptons every weekend. The 43-year-old isn’t making the journey to play with the rich and famous, who regularly dot …

Cease And Desist in New Mexico Continues for Lyft

State regulators have rejected a motion by ride-sharing service Lyft for a stay on a pending cease and desist order against the company. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously declined Wednesday to issue a …

Louisiana Commissioner to Ridesharing Drivers: Check Insurance Coverage

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging potential drivers for ridesharing services like Uber to make sure they closely check their insurance policies before signing up with one of the companies. The companies use mobile application software to link people …

Getting a Grip on Ridesharing Coverage

Ridesharing services are becoming increasingly popular among consumers looking for a more convenient alternative to taxis or other forms of public transportation, and start-up ridesharing companies have been cropping up everywhere trying to ride the heels of the success experienced …

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar Toe-to-Toe With Insurers State-by-State

The highly thought-of share-and-share-alike attitude considered a virtue by some has become fighting words between ridesharing companies and the insurance industry. “We try not to make it a battle,” said Robert Passmore, senior director of personal lines for the Property …

Uber Faces Operational Setback in New Mexico

New Mexico regulators have denied a temporary operating permit for ridesharing company Uber. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to withhold the permit from Uber Technologies. Commissioners say they could not grant the …