Traffic used to be backed up on the Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive on Tuesday when a complete bunch of Uber and Lyft drivers performed a “slack automobile procession” toward Gracie Mansion to grunt original adjustments to the companies’ apps. Drivers are arguing that the companies are combating them from incomes a living—and desire the Mayor and Metropolis Council to step in.
UBER/Lyft drivers grunt appropriate now on FDR power. I surprise within the occasion that they’ll meet the identical response as Eric Garner protesters did once they hit twenty third dual carriageway. pic.twitter.com/Vss6U2uYy5
— Liam Quigley (@_elkue) September 17, 2019
Fixed with the Honest Drivers Guild, “Starting on Tuesday Uber will create original insurance policies to kick drivers off the apps between journeys and in areas of decrease expect in philosophize to wait on away from paying drivers as required by Unique York Metropolis’s pay regulations. Lyft enacted a identical coverage earlier this summer season to protests from the Drivers Guild. The Unique York Metropolis Taxi and Limousine Price has did now not receive action, so the Drivers Guild is calling for the Mayor and Metropolis Council to pause the apps from violating the pay tips in an strive and scam drivers out of pleasing pay.”
In June, Lyft modified its coverage to adjust to minimum-wage criminal pointers. As Crain’s defined it, “The original rate formulation looks at how vital of the time a driver cruises with an empty car. The extra cruising a driver does, the extra fare earnings the app-primarily based firm needs to share to be particular the driver makes a minimum of $17 an hour after costs. App-primarily based companies with a excessive ‘utilization price’—which methodology their drivers are ferrying passengers virtually 60% of the time—can make a contribution less to the driver’s pay. To decrease congestion in Midtown the Taxi and Limousine Price needs fewer empty autos.”
Now Uber is following swimsuit, now not that it nor Lyft desire to; Lyft had filed (after which dropped) a lawsuit vital the minimum wage rule, while Uber stated in a assertion on Monday, “All over again and again again we’ve considered Mayor (Bill) de Blasio’s TLC pass arbitrary and politically-pushed tips that occupy unintended penalties for drivers and riders.”
The Honest Drivers Guild argued, “By logging drivers off the app and requiring them to commute to an diagram of upper expect in philosophize to grab up their subsequent inch, Lyft would be transferring the costs of commute and ready time onto the drivers and in so doing, violate this commission’s tips.”
NYC’s occupy yellow cab industry is in disaster, in piece thanks to increased opponents from the app-primarily based companies. The IDG has asked for a Drivers’ Bill of Rights, which would maybe presumably well well pause the apps from deactivating drivers with out a stated trigger, among other ensures.