Gain and Loss of wages by Uber and taxi cab drivers during COVID19
One obvious major hub for Uber and Lyft usage in Augusta GA is Augusta Airport, which is experiencing a drastic reduction in ridership from those services.The spread of corona virus has cut the earning of several businesses in the world as the infected cases have crossed 142,000 worldwide, forcing the customers to stay indoors. But tables could turn for food delivery companies like UberEats because though everyone stays inside, they still have to eat. The website traffic of grocery delivery companies also increased after the spread of corona virus worldwide. Rideshare drivers for Uber and Lyft say their income has collapsed amid coronavirus, and support from the rideshare companies has been sparse. Drivers who are still working said their weekly earnings have dropped by anywhere from 50% to 80% in the past month. Many have stopped driving altogether due to safety concerns. Others are pivoting to delivery work, which they say has remained more profitable amid the quarantine. If you work for a rideshare company, you may determine that you do not want to risk working during this time however, for taxi drivers who usually depend on driving cabs for living, this may not be an option. Some cab drivers work for company with a non-ambulance transportation contract—meaning you may drive medical customers to the doctor’s office or hospital. This often puts drivers at increased risk for COVID-19. All American Taxi Cab of Augusta taxis are aware of this danger, and in order to prevent themselves and their passengers from any risk involved, each driver is equipped with hand sanitizers, face masks, disinfectants, and wipes. Many people have asked why our company did not close down during this pandemic for fear of getting infected. The simple answer is that since it has been determined that COVID19 is not airborne, and that wearing face masks can prevent the virus from entering through the nose and mouth, there is less to worry about. Passengers often see American Taxi Cab of Augusta drivers with face masks on, and some may wonder why drivers avoid conversations these days during their trip, the simple answer is to mitigate the risk involved. No disrespect to anyone especially during this pandemic period. Our company is still open as of today and working in conjunction with the state and county laws relating to this pandemic season, and we are glad to report that all our cabs are in good shape relating to this and no report of infection regarding our taxi drivers. If you notice any of our taxicab drivers not willing to converse with you during your trip, please do not be offended. It is just a simple way of looking out for you as a passenger and drivers.
As a reminder, Masters week, a popular sport event that usually takes place early April has been postponed to Nov, 9-15. This is the first time in their history that this event will hold other than April. As American Taxi Cab of Augusta has been given privilege to transport visitors coming for the event, we will be taking reservations as early as October. If you are interested in taxi fare for the event, you can click on MASTERS WEEK FARES. These are rates stipulated by Augusta city commission and not by taxis or taxi cab owners in Augusta, GA.
For all cab companies, following are simple useful guidelines for drivers during COVID19
Keep yourself and your passengers protected-Stay safe, stay alive
To ensure you keep and passengers protected, you can take the following steps:
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
· Ask passengers to sit in the back to create physical distance.
· Avoid handling money, if possible. Consider wearing disposable gloves if you must collect money from customers. Use one pair of gloves per customer and throw them away after.
· Have tissues and hand sanitizer available for your passengers.