On March 20th, the Independent Drivers Guild submitted a formal petition to push the Taxi and Limousine Commission to regulate for-hire vehicle driver’s pay, increasing pay for 60,000 immigrant drivers by 37%, and ending price gouging by companies like Uber and Lyft. If you have the authority to represent your organization or office, please support our petition by signing on your organization’s support to the letter below:


All New Yorkers regardless of race, religion and immigration status deserve the protection of a livable wage for their labor. While New York City has long regulated taxi rates, there is no protected pay rate for app-based drivers. In the absence of such rules, apps have repeatedly slashed driver pay, creating a race to the bottom that has harmed 100,000 working families across the city’s entire for-hire vehicle industry. Poverty wages not only violate New York’s values, they also undermine the safety of our streets by compelling drivers to work longer and more dangerous shifts in order to make ends meet. Raising wages to the rates proposed by the Independent Drivers Guild will allow drivers to reduce time on the road, improving public safety and decreasing the number of vehicles on New York City streets at any given time.

The Guild’s proposed rule would also protect consumers by capping rider app fees at 20 percent of the driver’s pay. Apps originally set rider fees at 20 percent, but now charge riders as much as double the driver’s rate, pocketing the difference. Price gouging by ride hail apps hurts riders, drivers, and the local economy and must be stopped.

We, the undersigned, support the rule proposed by the Independent Drivers Guild and urge New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to swiftly approve these critical protections:

 

 


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The IDG is a Machinists Union affiliate organizing app-based drivers. We are Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno workers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.