Open Letter, Why is Madison’s MG&E offering EV incentives to Lyft but not to local Taxi providers?

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Original announcement from MG&E’s own website.
https://www.mge.com/our-environment/electric-vehicles/lyft-partnership
The offer contains a link to Lyft’s website to sign up.
*Note, the EV vehicle rental offer for applicants without an Electric Vehicle. Uber and Lyft leasing and rental schemes have been repeatedly documented for fraud

To: MG&E,
Jeffrey Keebler (CEO),

I am the administrator of ride safe www.ridesafeworld.com , Justin La Plante.

Four days ago MG&E initiated a program with Lyft to sponsor Lyft drivers with Electric Vehicle charge services and cash incentives for operating Electric Vehicles.

In June we published THIS ARTICLE containing the summation of Rideshare operations from major media, statistical reports and what few reports companies like Uber and Lyft will release to the public since they began operations in the so-called “sharing economy”. nearly a decade ago.

Here in Madison Uber and Lyft drivers have contributed in just 5 years an epidemic of assaults on customers, congestion and of course the pollution that goes with it.

The same as they have an every other city they operate in.

Last year, Georgia Power initiated a similar EV incentive program focused in the Atlanta area with lyft.

However there have been no updates on the results of the program since.

Georgia Power has not provided any information as to the insurance and background checks for each of the drivers enrolled in the program or if any Lyft drivers had actually been enrolled in the program.

As you know, or as I would at least expect you to know, Uber and Lyft are not mandated to properly verify a driver’s insurance or background check information in the state of Wisconsin under the current Rideshare law.

A fact we ourselves were able to test this with rather horrifying results.

This is the same for virtually every other US state Uber and Lyft operate in.

Lyfts TOS (service agreement) , Like Uber’s, forces the customer to agree to a waiver of proper insurance coverage, safety and proper vetting or service provided by their driver.

” IN NO EVENT WILL LYFT, INCLUDING OUR AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, PARENTS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AND EACH OF OUR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR SHAREHOLDERS (COLLECTIVELY “LYFT” FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION), BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR DELETION, CORRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF PROGRAMS, FAILURE TO STORE ANY INFORMATION OR OTHER CONTENT MAINTAINED OR TRANSMITTED BY THE LYFT PLATFORM, SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS, OR FOR THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE LYFT PLATFORM, THE SERVICES, OR THIS AGREEMENT, HOWEVER ARISING INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, EVEN IF WE OR OUR AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES KNOW OR HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE LYFT PLATFORM MAY BE USED BY YOU TO REQUEST AND SCHEDULE TRANSPORTATION, GOODS, OR OTHER SERVICES WITH THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS, BUT YOU AGREE THAT LYFT HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO YOU RELATED TO ANY TRANSPORTATION, GOODS OR OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT. CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS. ”

Correct me if I may be wrong but the last time I got into a Green Cab, Badger Cab, Madison Taxi or Union Cab, I was not required before hand to sign away my right to insured or safe service.

The residents of Madison Wisconsin, the local taxi companies of Madison and I Myself would very much like to know:

What has been the result of this program since MG&E made the announcement?

How many Lyft drivers have enrolled?

Is MG&E making sure to check the insurance and background status on each Lyft driver enrolled?

KNOWING that the background check and insurance verification conducted by LYFT ARE NOT being properly conducted or logged with the state?

Why are the taxi and bus companies of this community not included in these incentive programs?

Does Mg&E realize that by offering an incentive in operations to an Uninsured service, YOU become somewhat liable for the operations of that business as well?

Your company is literally titled, ‘Madison Gas and Electric’.

Why then, have Madison based Taxi providers WHO DO provide actual background checks and insurance on ALL rides provided and ALL drivers providing them, excluded from this offer?

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