Driver flees deadly crash involving Uber driver in West Town

The Uber driver and a passenger were treated on scene for minor injuries. The 42-year-old driver told police he had the green light. A traffic camera on …
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CHICAGO —Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in West Town.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a woman was driving a Pontiac minivan southbound on Halsted when she ran a red light at Madison Street, and was hit by an Uber driver in a Toyota Camry.

The woman who caused the crash jumped out of he minivan and fled the scene.

A 28-year-old man, who was a passenger in the minivan, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Three women who were also in the minivan were injured, and transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The Uber driver and a passenger were treated on scene for minor injuries. The 42-year-old driver told police he had the green light.

A traffic camera on the intersection should have footage of exactly what happened.

Detectives appeared to be processing evidence from inside the van.

Police have not released a description of woman who fled the scene.

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London mayor says firms must play by the rules as Uber faces license renewal

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.

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LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.N) London license, which is due to expire in less than a month’s time.

“It would be inappropriate for me during a time we’re considering the application from any operator to comment on it and give a running commentary,” Khan told LBC radio.

“You will know my track record which is standing up to the big boys, and they are boys, and make sure everyone plays by the rules whether you’re a big business or whether you’re a small business and I don’t care how many lawyers you employ or how big your PR budget.”

Regulator Transport for London decides on licenses and is chaired by Khan.

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Editing by Paul Sandle

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UK drivers cover an estimated 216m miles a year without an MOT

A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car …

British motorists drive an estimated 216 million miles a year in vehicles that do not have a valid MOT, according to new research.

More on the MOT test:

A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car for at least a week after the MOT certificate had expired in the past five years. Even more worryingly, eight percent confessed to having driven without a valid MOT certificate for more than six months.

Rusted car a definite MOT fail in the UK

Of those who accidentally drove without a valid MOT for a week, almost half (45 percent) said they only drove once, but eight percent admitted to driving five or more times. Assuming the average motorist drives 21.6 miles every day, Direct Line says this means Brits could have covered as many as 216 million miles each year without a valid MOT certificate.

MOT certificates are a legal requirement for all cars used on the public road, unless they are electric goods vehicles registered before March 1, 2015, tractors or some classic cars first registered more than 40 years ago. Driving a vehicle that needs an MOT but does not have one is punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Mechanic inspecting car with torch

The MOT test involves checking over key vehicle components and ensuring the car is safe to be used on the road. Any faults will fall into one of four categories, ranging from ‘dangerous’ to ‘advisory’, via ‘major’ and ‘minor’. Vehicles with dangerous or major faults will fail, while minor and advisory faults will be noted down and should be monitored and fixed if necessary.

According to Direct Line for Business’ study, men are more likely than women to have driven without a valid MOT, with 20 percent of men claiming to have forgotten the test compared with 15 percent of women. Meanwhile those aged 18-34 are much more likely to forget than 35-54-year olds or 55-year olds, of whom just nine percent admitted to having driven without an MOT.

Halfords Autocentre MOT Service and Tyres centre in Basingstoke UK

Regionally, a third (32 percent) of Londoners admitted to driving without a valid MOT for a week, while 25 percent of drivers in the North East confessed to the same offence. Rounding out the top four were the North West (20 percent) and Yorkshire (19 percent).

Matt Boatwright, head of Direct Line for Business, said: “Keeping a vehicle roadworthy is a legal requirement and essential from a safety perspective for both the person driving and others on the road. We understand that having to turn down work because your van is in the garage can be frustrating, however not having a valid MOT could result in a hefty fine and in some cases lead to you losing your licence.”

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Uber, Lyft Propose $21/Hour Minimum Wage For Drivers After Wave Of Protests

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Uber and Lyft, the two biggest rideshare companies, are telling their drivers they are willing to compromise with a …

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Uber and Lyft, the two biggest rideshare companies, are telling their drivers they are willing to compromise with a proposal that includes a minimum wage of $21 per hour.

The new proposal comes after days of protests that brought a caravan of rideshare drivers through San Francisco and ended in Sacramento Wednesday.

The demonstrating drivers said they are demanding a living wage and pushing for Assembly Bill 5, which would classify rideshare drivers as employees instead of independent contractors.

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Lyft sent a message to its drivers, asking them to talk their legislators out of the bill, saying it could cause the company to “offload” or layoff hundreds of thousands of drivers. The message from Lyft also told drivers that AB5 could cost customers more money and make them wait longer for a car.

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In lieu of the legislation, Lyft said it is willing to compromise with drivers, promising they would get paid at least $21 dollars per hour, receive some benefits and also get their voices heard within the company.

“Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our drivers, by modernizing century-old labor laws that make it difficult to provide both flexibility and benefits,” Lyft said in a statement. “That’s why we’ve been working on a different solution, so drivers can continue to control where, when, and how long they drive, while also having some basic protections like a minimum earnings floor, a system of worker-directed portable benefits, and representation.”

Lyft driver Edan Alva was in Sacramento Wednesday with a group called Gig Workers Rising that is advocating for the passage of AB5. He says he usually makes between $20 and $25 per hour depending on tips, which, in the Bay Area, is not enough.

“$21 dollars an hour is an insult to drivers,” Alva said. “There is no way to make ends meet, I can’t afford healthcare insurance for me and my son.”

Tech Crunch is reporting that Uber is also pushing the $21 dollar an hour minimum wage through a petition urging Uber drivers to move away from AB5.

Uber driver Rob Lyon said the company needs to figure out a way to pay its drivers more.

“They have to reward the individual drivers that provide a five star service with a five star paycheck,” Lyon said.

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UBER ATTACK: Video shows woman assaulting, biting rideshare driver for no apparent reason

ATLANTA, Ga. (KABC) — The dangers sometimes faced by rideshare drivers are starkly illustrated in a video of an attack by a woman who climbed on …
ATLANTA, Ga. (KABC) — The potential dangers faced by rideshare drivers are starkly illustrated in a video of an attack by a woman who climbed on one driver’s hood and bit him for no apparent reason.

The dramatic video shows a woman climbing on the hood of an Uber vehicle, breaking the windshield wiper and then attacking the driver.


At one point, she opens the door of the Prius and tries to get inside, but the driver grabs her, pulls her out and throws her to the ground.

The woman throws a punch and begins trying to attack the driver. That’s when he puts her in a headlock to try to restrain her, but she then begins biting him on the rib cage.

The driver, Yasser Hadi, told Eyewitness News the woman’s attack left a substantial wound on his rib cage.

“The pain is horrible pain,” he said. “A dog does not bite like this. She’s still biting while I’m pulling for about 30 seconds.”

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