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The state of California is currently reportedly experiencing a worsening shortage of truck drivers, which is concerning farmers. If a solution doesn’t emerge soon, it is expected that there is a big possibility there might not be enough hauling capacity to bring this year’s harvest to market.   According to Transport Topics, the California Trucking Association said initial indications attribute the shortfall to be as high as 30%. The possible reasons the association presented as…
Stocks in the gig-economy companies like DoorDash, Uber, and Lyft reportedly plummeted recently after Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said many workers in the sector were mistakenly classified as independent contractors. Walsh told Reuters “[they were] looking at it,” which made the publication frame his comments as a sign that the Biden administration might take a more proactive approach toward regulating these companies — something that California failed to do by passing Prop. 22.…
The Micromobility Lime has reportedly launched a global “People-First Cities” campaign, which aims to mobilize its millions of riders to support “complete streets.” The company is also naming itself an advocate for improving the safety of urban infrastructure, Lime Advocacy Director Jonathan Perri told Smart Cities Dive exclusively.   Because the pandemic overhauled transportation and micromobility patterns nearly overnight, this resulted in more people opting to ride bikes and e-scooters. Ultimately in response to…
The food delivery company Uber Eats is reportedly partnering with Nimble, a growing prescription delivery service in the U.S., in order to bring personal health and wellness items directly to people’s doors in Southern California. It’s reportedly a recent shift to help people during the pandemic and deliver important items contact-free.   The on-demand prescription delivery service is now available in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego via the Uber Eats app. Uber Eats…
Much has been said about how anxiety has been at an all time high for many this past year due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, and how the changes they brought impacted our lives. However, less talked about is the uneasiness experienced by some of our pets. Because when people are stressed out at home, dogs can act out by barking, destroying, and even biting.   About 63 million U.S. households own dogs, according to the…
The family of a Black man who died after officers pinned him to the ground as they tried to arrest him, was reportedly awarded $2.27 million after a jury in California concluded police used unnecessary force during the 2018 confrontation.    The jurors had been reportedly tasked with deciding whether the victim was fighting to breathe during his struggle with police, as his family claimed, or whether he was physically resisting arrest, as the city…
While ride-sharing has been credited with being more environmentally friendly than taxis and private vehicles, a new study reportedly found that the cars driven by contractors from companies like Uber and Lyft actually increase congestion and reduce transit use. Researchers at the Future Urban Mobility (FM) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT, and Tongji University conducted the first-of-its-kind study.   In the U.S., Uber accounts for 69% of…
California and Los Angeles County are reportedly now following the new directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which say that fully vaccinated people can gather outdoors or dine at an outdoor restaurant without masks — including when riding bikes.   The CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing that for people fully vaccinated against COVID, “things are much safer for you than those who are not…
Despite a historic decrease in traffic throughout Los Angeles and much of California throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this didn’t result in a decrease in traffic violence. For the last year, people continued to be injured and killed in collisions on city streets at a high rate. In fact, the number of people killed in traffic crashes in Los Angeles reportedly remained virtually unchanged in 2020.   Based on preliminary data reported by the Los Angeles…
The food delivery company DoorDash is reportedly launching lower-priced delivery options for U.S. restaurants as a direct response to the criticism around the commissions it charges being too high for an industry that’s still in a difficult position.    The company announced it will offer a new basic plan that will charge restaurants 15% per order for delivery, or around half the cost of previous plans. That plan will limit the delivery area and shift…