California Rideshare: A Watershed Moment

Zack Worsham
California rideshare

In case you missed it, Lyft and Uber are having a watershed moment in CaliforniaAt Roundtrip, we are big believers in the role that rideshare can play in delivering better health outcomes, but with Proposition 22 on the ballot in November, California may end up determining how much of a role rideshare will play in creating better access to care.  

  • If voters vote ‘yes’ to the proposition, then app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery drivers will be defined as independent contractors and will adopt labor and wage policies specific to app-based drivers and companies. In this case, the measure would override Assembly Bill 5, signed in September 2019, on the question of whether app-based drivers are employees or independent contractors. 
  • If voters vote ‘no’ to the proposition, California Assembly Bill 5 (2019) would likely be used to decide whether appbased drivers are classified as employees or independent contractors. 

Are you facing transportation interruptions because of the rideshare suspension in California? Contact Sales to find out how Roundtrip can work for you. 

As a result, the two rideshare giants Uber and Lyft are facing the possibility of suspending operations in California until at least the November elections. And with the loss of tens of thousands of drivers and vehicles, many people in the state will be left without a ride. That includes those who need a ride to get to their medical appointments. 

If you are located in California, and your transportation strategy is largely dependent on rideshare, you are likely facing a significant increase in late arrivals and no-shows. At Roundtrip, our platform is built on a marketplace model which makes rideshare just one of many options for patient transportation. This means that since rideshare service is suspended in California, Roundtrip can help you take care of your patient transportation needs through our Roundtrip Community. The Roundtrip Community combines medical sedans, taxis, wheelchair and stretcher vehicles, as well as ALS and BLS ambulances to ensure that you can provide all kinds of patients with the access to receive the care that they need, and you can provide continuity of care through the shutdown.