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Lyft acquiesces to New York's rules, agrees to pay drivers at least $15 per hour

By Polycount ยท 4 replies
Feb 7, 2019
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  1. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been locked in a battle with New York regulators for some time now.

    The companies have effectively been hoping that they can continue to operate as normal. By considering their employees independent contractors instead of employees, they're able to bypass many US (and New York) employment laws, particularly those that govern minimum wage.

    This lets ride-hailing firms keep prices low for customers while saving themselves quite a bit of cash.

    Though regulators and union groups haven't yet managed to push Uber or Lyft to re-classify their drivers as employees, they nonetheless managed to score a different win in 2018.

    In December, New York passed a set of rules that effectively forced platforms like Uber and Lyft to pay their drivers at least $15/hr in the city.

    Lyft and Uber alike have expressed their concerns with the implementation of the rules, but they've still largely acquiesced to New York's demands.

    Indeed, Lyft today officially agreed to pay drivers $17.22 per hour (the extra $2.22 will help cover other driver expenses), according to Engadget. Apparently, that price hike will increase the average driver's yearly income by around $9,600.

    For now, despite Uber and Lyft's protests, needing to pay their New York drivers some extra cash probably won't affect their bottom line too much.

    However, if New York's rules spread any further throughout the country, the tech giants may be forced to come up with new monetization models. Regardless, only time will tell, and we'll keep you updated if that happens.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Or, Uber and Lyft being forced to play by the actual rules of commercial transportation, may find themselves in the unenviable position of pricing their services at the same levels as the established taxi companies they been unfairly trying to put out of business. Go NYC!

    CODA: Do those poor drivers actually have to put those stupid, ugly, pink mustaches on their cars while they're working?


    Even Paris Hilton would be appalled, or perhaps feel a bit threatened by something that tacky. QUICK......slap a mustache on that bike darlin'..:facepalm: :rolleyes:
  3. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 169   +230

    NO! Tech companies should be able to do whatever they want, wherever and whenever they want, you socialist! /s
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Because after all, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, and Satya Nadella are the de facto triumvirate rulers of the USA.
  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,178   +647

    re: mustaches

    Not anymore. They now have these lights on the dash that take on a certain color. Not all of them have it, but those that do are easier for riders to spot since the light can take only pretty much any color and then tell the rider what to look for on their app.
    captaincranky likes this.

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