Lyft Promo Code

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Use promo code “25JAZZ”

All NEW USERS in every city are eligible to receive a FREE $25 credit. When you open the app up for the first time go to the “Payment” section and enter the promo code “25JAZZ” and you will receive a free $25 credit. That’s it!

 

You’re out late at the bar, and you just want to get home as quickly as possible. Fighting for a cab on the curb with twenty other people – it’s just no bueno. With the explosion of smart phone ridesharing apps, getting a ride, pronto, has never been easier. While visiting friends in Los Angeles, I was blown away by the ease and cost of these new services. Being from a smaller city, I was unfamiliar. Around 2012, three major companies have exploded across the country: Lyft, Uber and Sidecar.

Services like Lyft have already attracted thousands of customers – a quick and potentially cheaper option than a traditional taxicab. Car-ready drivers (driving their own personal vehicles) are on standby around the city awaiting requests. When a user requests a ride on the application map, a driver will confirm and the user is given several bits of information: time to pick-up, driver name and photo, vehicle model and contact information.

Some have brought up safety concerns – both Lyft and Uber say they screen drivers with background checks, vehicle inspections, and minimum model years (2000 for Lyft, 2006 for Uber). They require up-to-date vehicle insurance, and Lyft also says it provides $1 million in additional coverage. Users may also review drivers, and if enough negative reviews are received, drivers will be re-evaluated or removed from the partnership.

With the young and tech savvy generations upon us, the end of the taxicab may be near. Most of these ridesharing services have found their roots in major cities such as San Francisco, New York, LA, and Chicago, but have quickly expanded to smaller demographics such as Salt Lake City, Miami, San Antonio and many others.

About Ride Sharing

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Real-Time Ridesharing is one of the best services to arrange one-time shared carpool rides on short notice. In most cases, such carpooling makes use of three different technological devices, including

  • GPS Navigation Devices – They can accurately determine a driver’s route. This helps in arranging the shared ride.
  • Smartphones – With smartphones, a traveler can easily request a ride from anywhere. It makes everything more convenient.
  • Social Networks – Social networking websites can establish accountability and trust between passengers and drivers.

These different elements are properly coordinated through a standard network service. It can instantaneously and easily match rides, handle drivers payments and perform other tasks with an optimization algorithm.

Real-Time Ridesharing is an exceptional service that is promoted as a medium to better utilize vacant passenger seats in most cars. This lowers the transport costs and fuel usage. The service can also serve areas that are not covered by the public transit system. It acts as a smooth transit feeder service. The best part is that Real-Time Ridesharing is capable of serving one-time trips. It does not only focus on scheduled trips or recurrent commute trips.

Around 2012, many different technology companies based in San Francisco, USA introduced applications for real-time ridesharing. However, a cease and desist letter was issued to some rideshare companies in the fall of 2012. The letter was issued by the California Public Utilities Commission. The companies involved were Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and Wingz. These companies were fined $20,000 each.

In 2013, the companies reached an agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission. Thus, these actions were reversed. This development led to the introduction of a new type of service. It was called ‘Transportation Network Companies’. These companies covered both scheduled ridesharing and real-time ridesharing companies. Since then, real-time ridesharing has been extremely popular among travelers in many different parts of the country. It has become a revolutionary concept for commuters.

Uber is in hot water in Europe, again

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Uber which is an American car sharing company is facing troubles in Germany. The car sharing service provider is facing fines in Germany for about $330,000 or 250,000 euros. The employees of the company who operate in Germany are also in a risk of facing up to six months in jail in case they violate the ban that has been put in place by a court in Frankfurt. The ban has been put in place due to allegations that the company is violating local laws that are used to regulate the car sharing services in Germany. The ban that has been put in place is temporally which can be lifted in case the company wins the case.

The injunction was made last week but people came to know about it on Tuesday. The injunction will be effective till the case that is pending in the court will be heard and decided. The case is thought to be heard later in the year.

According to the court ruling the company`s drivers did not have a license to operate as taxi drivers in Germany. They also lacked an insurance cover which is mandatory for taxi drivers to have in Germany. According to the court, Uber which is the company that allows people to book taxi services through use of smartphone applications is responsible for the judges because it is the one that facilitates the drivers to carry on the services illegally.

According to the ban, Uber which is worth $17 billion and operates in 36 countries where it serves more than 100 cities will be liable for fines which will be made in case its employees violate the ban that has been put in place by the court of law.

At the begging of this summer, about 10,000 taxi drivers took to the streets of Madrid and London in their efforts to complain about the company. The taxi drivers were complaining that Uber does not comply with rules and regulations put in place.

Lyft Launching Service in New York

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Have you heard of Lyft? Most probably you have, especially if you reside in major metropolitan areas such as Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Lyft service employs regular motorists to give rides. This is carried out through the company’s smartphone app. There are already over 500 drivers enrolled to take part in this service that is planned to launch within New York City. These drivers were asked to put pink mustaches on their cars so as to make them stand out and make sure that they are easily identifiable.  In fact this debut in New York was going to be one of the largest in the past seven years for this company, which already services around 60 different cities across the nation.

However, all this was recently put to a stop by The Taxi and Limousine Commission. The notice was issued just two days before the date of the grand debut in July 2014. This action has resulted primarily because the company had not reached an agreement with the New York regulators, and thus the TLC had to come into play.

The main reasons given for this declaration were that Lyft was not going to comply with the Commission’s safety requirements, and insufficient evaluation and licensing of the drivers who were going to take part in this service. The drivers were not going to be subjected to the necessary checks, such as criminal and drug checks. Moreover, the vehicles that were going to be used by these drivers were not going to be formally verified either.  Enforcement actions could even lead the participating drivers to lose their vehicles, or to incur fines that went up to $2,000.

In an attempt to counteract these reasons, Mr. John Zimmer, a co-founder of Lyft, explained that they carried out rigorous checks to approve the drivers and their vehicles.  Meanwhile, a Lyft spokeswoman confirmed that the company was still going to start the Lyft service in New York as planned. Get ready!