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New California Rideshare Startup RIDVY now Hiring Drivers as Employees as per new California law AB5

California law AB5 demands drivers be hired as employees to help protect their rights. New rideshare company in California RIDVY is already meeting this requirement as UBER and LYFT are refusing to follow the law. 

January 5, 2020

The requirements to be a rideshare driver in California are radically changing, something which will certainly be a disruptive force. At least one San Francisco startup is well-prepared to not just meet the new need of drivers being employees but is also going all-in to deliver a superior all-around experience. Enter Ridvy Technology Corporation,  known as RIDVY. RIDVY just received approval from the state CPUC and will soon offer on-demand rides in California, and founder Josh Blancett, whose focus is on safety, service, and treating drivers right, is exploding with enthusiasm.

“My team and I have built a driver screening system to only bring on the best of the best drivers,” commented Josh. “Gone are the days of hiring just anyone. Ridvy aims to be the same price as UBER and LYFT, but will provide a better ride, better driver, newer cars and the drivers will be employees. We use some of the same employee screening that Costco Wholesale uses when hiring employees. We love that Costco has been named year after year as the best culture and company to work for and this is what we are aiming for in the Rideshare industry.” 

California's AB5, which went into effect on January 1, will force both Uber and Lyft to make their drivers W-2 employees, thus requiring the companies to pay its driver-employees a standard slate of benefits, as well as guarantee that employees make at least the California minimum wage. This could well mark a change of fortune for both companies in the state where complaints from both drivers and riders have not been uncommon.

This makes RIDVY’s location in California even more intriguing. Clearly, the Founder and CEO of RIDVY appreciates a challenge starting his company right at the back door of Uber and Lyft. But with his “Why not” confidence and the business reality that fortune favors the bold, this location certainly gives proof that Josh and RIDVY believe very much in the value they are set to deliver.

With a smile he continued, “If you love cooking burgers and know how to make the best one in town, you won’t be intimidated by the two fast-food joints down the street. People want a better choice. We have several airlines to choose when we fly. Why can’t we do it for rideshare too?”

When people see the R on the car in January the message is they will be riding with a professional driver. Backed by what the startup is describing as “a super APP” that allows users to get a ride, delivery and roadside assistance all one convenient place on their smartphone. 






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