Friday, 21 August 2020 15:18

Lyft, Uber Granted Temporary Stay Within Hour of Announcing Suspending Services in CA

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square


“A lot of folks are now describing freelancer firings as an ‘unintended consequence’ of AB5,” Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes at Reason. “But this facet of the bill was well-known and discussed beforehand."


Before Newsom shut down the state in March over coronavirus fears, California accounted for 9% of Uber’s worldwide rides and 21% of Lyft’s rides, according to The Associated Press.


Newsom’s proposed 2020 budget includes roughly $20 million for the state to enforce the law.


Before the appeals court judge extended the initial stay, Lyft posted this message on its website: “At 11:59PM PT today, our rideshare operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips. We’re personally reaching out to riders and drivers to share more about why this is happening, what you can do about it, and to provide some transportation alternatives.”


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