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Maven Gig Increases Rental Fees 77% In Bay Area

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Maven Gig Increases Rental Fees 77% In Bay Area
By Christian Perea • Issue #3 • View online
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Maven Gig Increases Rental Fees
Drivers using Maven Gig to rent their ridehail vehicles in the Bay Area got a nastygram in their email yesterday telling them that Maven would be raising their rental fees on July 31st.
Drivers previously paid around $205 plus tax and fees per week to rent a car from Maven. The increase to $364 per week reflects a 77.56% increase in pricing during a mid-summer lull in business.
A driver who rents a Maven vehicle for 45 weeks a year would pay $16,380 before fees, taxes, and other costs and they would not be able to use the IRS Standard Mileage Deduction at the end of the year since they are using rented property. Leaving many with a high-cost rental AND a higher tax bill in the end.
The Next Big AB5 Hearing Is Set For August 10th
The next big AB5 Hearing is set for August 12th in Sacramento at 10AM. The bill must make it through the CA Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the floor for a full vote.
Many expect a lot of alterations and compromises to be made at this point in the bill. So regardless of your position on AB5, it’s important to keep an eye on the changes that get made from this stage in the process because there are big consequences on how this will effect work in the future.
You can signup to track AB5 on LegisScan here.
In The News!
Georgina Torbet reports on Uber passengers that experienced a glitch charging them 100 times their original fare.
An error in Uber’s systems on Wednesday led to people being charged 100 times what their ride should have cost. One user was charged $2,053 dollars on a ride that should have cost $20.53.
Uber says the issue has been resolved and apologized for the problems caused, reports the Washington Post: “We understand that this has been frustrating. There was a known issue that caused your authorization hold to be very high. Our team has already fixed this issue. Thank you so much for your patience.”
Uber and Cargo are looking to expand their partnership into offering more goods; think movies, electronics, and other bigger ticket items geared towards someone who is travelling. Per Lauren Thomas:
About a year ago, Cargo struck a deal with Uber to become the ride-sharing service’s exclusive, in-car commerce provider globally. They have already been working to put consoles selling snacks into cars — about 30,000 Uber drivers in 10 U.S. cities have them.
Now, they’re rolling out the Cargo app, which will be curated with Uber’s help to sell items like the Amazon Echo, Apple AirPods, Away Luggage, Glossier make-up and Oculus Go devices, Neal Watterson, the head of guest products at Uber, said in a blog post.
Drivers will earn a cut from any of the big ticket items that get sold through this scheme. According to the article:
…drivers make $1 per purchase and pocket 25% of the cost of each item sold via the app. The upstart brands, like Glossier and Away, that end up on the Cargo app are also likely to gain more exposure.
Uber has equity in Cargo but declined to comment on the amount. Cargo has raised nearly $30 million to date, according to Crunchbase.
I have my Cargo box but I forgot to change my shipping address and Cargo accidentally shipped my resupply to my old stoner roommates. Both them immediately devoured the entire contents of the resupply box.
It looks like drivers in NYC won’t have to worry about selling ads in, on, or around their cars:
The appeals panel sided with the city, citing its interest in protecting citizens “from the offensive sight and sounds of advertisements - not their content - while they are traveling through the city by car.”
Aren’t there a bunch of ads on NYC taxis though? Don’t some drivers rely on the extra income from advertising?
“The Taxi TV exception reflects the city’s reasonable decision that the costs of permitting advertisements in taxicabs were outweighed by the benefits of compensating taxicab owners for the expense of installing new equipment that facilitated credit card payment and improved ride data collection,” the 2nd Circuit said.
Josh Eidelson reports on how Instacart tries to coax it’s delivery shoppers into accepting every request:
Workers are forced to entirely mute their phone, close the app, or sit through about four minutes of that strange pinging, which many say sounds like a submarine’s sonar and some compare to a time bomb. Those who wait it out sometimes wind up having to do it all over again when the same job pops back up in their queue.
Having to reject the same request twice? Sounds familiar to me!
The four-minute sonic barrage is among a slew of tactics Instacart uses to push workers to handle low-paying tasks they otherwise might reject, according to interviews with dozens of shoppers. They say the company has hounded them with phone calls, text messages, and threatening in-app messages, and that it quietly but explicitly punishes them for rejecting undesirable tasks by limiting their gig options and income.
Every so often, Instacart’s “Shopper Happiness” staff calls to push them to handle a certain batch. “They’ll call you repeatedly. They’ll be like, ‘You’re the only shopper available,’” says Kristin Klatkiewicz, an Instacart worker in Covington, Wash. “Sometimes they’re like, ‘You need to take this order.’ ” She says she’s offered to take low-paying jobs in exchange for an extra five bucks and been flatly told no.
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