Few industries have been as hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic as ridesharing. With people staying indoors, demand has plummeted; while drivers, almost always classified as independent contractors, are largely unable to claim unemployment benefits. While a surge in delivery demand has meant new opportunities to work for firms like DoorDash and Grubhub, that can be a precarious transition for drivers used to more reliable tips and demand patterns.
With that in mind, CoMotion NEWS and RideShare Mechanic surveyed more than 400 rideshare and delivery drivers, to gauge how they have been affected by the pandemic. The results are sobering, with more than 90% of drivers reporting a decrease in income, while fewer than half have managed to receive any assistance from the CARES act.
With money tight, drivers are worried. Many report that they’ve “been stuck at home for months,” or that they’re even “going bankrupt” and “feeling anxious and depressed.” To augment income, some workers are considering other services like Amazon Flex, pizza delivery, or even milk delivery, or pivoting to selling things on eBay.
Take a look at the complete infographic for more insights and data from the driver community, including how they feel about Uber and Lyft’s corporate responses, and whether or not drivers think the industry will bounce back.
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