California’s pollution regulators propose their ambitious plan to ride hailing apps, requiring 60 percent of ride-hail miles to be in electric vehicles by the next 10 years. Lyft, who has pledged to go electric by 2030 this year, takes on the challenge.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) wants ride-hailing companies to help the environment by requiring its drivers to use electric vehicles by December 2030. To hit the 60 percent target of ride-hail miles using electric vehicles, CARB estimates that 1/3 of the drivers under the ride-sharing companies must go electric, wherein the companies must require their highest-mileage drivers to switch. If Uber and Lyft can do what’s asked within the time period, it can definitely contribute greatly to the environment.
While Lyft drivers are back on the road, some drivers question their safety as the company is accused of forcing its returning drivers to purchase their own PPE. Not just Lyft but companies like Doordash, Uber, Instacart, Grubhub, and Postmates are in an ongoing labor rights dispute with its employees. The fact is these companies provide PPE, but not sufficient enough to cater to all their drivers and double their safety in these challenging times. California law requires companies, not independent contractors, to provide personal protective equipment to employees.
Around 100 Lyft drivers from the San Francisco Bay Area held a protest on Wednesday. They also distributed free PPE to those who can’t buy one, supported by the Service Employees International Union. The distribution was led by industry labor advocacy groups: Gig Workers Rising, Rideshare Drivers United, and We Drive Progress.
According to CNN, the 8-year-old company has spent $2.5 million in May on PPE, providing thousands of drivers with cleaning supplies and free reusable face masks, which drivers can pick up at Lyft hubs.
The company denied they are making a profit off the PPE it sells, saying “The Lyft Store is an additional resource to provide millions of drivers across the US easy access to cleaning supplies and face masks that have consistently been difficult to find.“