Uber and Lyft are forgetting their competitive differences to help in Las Vegas


In the hours following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, two popular ride-hailing services--Uber and Lyft--began adjusting their fees in order to help those people injured in the shooting.

Both companies have been criticized in the past for their Prime Time and surge charging plans following various terrorist attacks, such as the June 2017  attack in London, which made it quite expensive for citizens to escape the carnage, according to a report by Fortune.

However, Uber and Lyft both acted quickly following Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas to make sure that no one trying to get to safety experienced the same type of surge pricing. In addition, both companies are offering free rides to citizens willing to donate blood at a number of hospitals and blood centers to help those people injured in the shooting.

Uber made the following statement to Mashable regarding the situation in Las Vegas:

Our hearts ache for everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. We stand ready to support the victims and the Las Vegas community as they recover from this devastating act. Shortly after hearing about the incident, we worked to ensure all rides from around the affected area were free of charge. Additionally, we are providing free rides to and from area hospitals, the family reunification center, and United Blood Services donor centers for those who wish to donate blood.

Lyft also made this statement to Mashable:

We're heartbroken. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. We suspended Prime Time immediately after we understood what was happening. We also communicated to drivers about the developing situation.

While Uber and Lyft both received enormous amounts of criticism for their surge pricing following previous acts of terrorism, this hasn't been the case in regards to the Las Vegas shooting as both ride-hailing services have been praised for stepping and helping when Las Vegas needed it most.