New York City has voted and passed a new measure that will create a minimum wage for drivers working for companies such as Lyft, Uber, Via and Juno. This makes NYC the first city in the United States to set a minimum pay rate for app-based drivers. The minimum pay rate will be $17.22 (after expenses) which is at the city’s minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. The new pay increase will go into effect at the end of 2019.
“Today we brought desperately needed relief to 80,000 working families. All workers deserve the protection of a fair, livable wage and we are proud to be setting the new bar for contractor workers’ rights in America,” Jim Conigliaro, Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, said in a statement. “We are thankful to the Mayor, Commissioner Joshi and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, City Council Member Brad Lander and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers.”
The news comes after the app-based services were reportedly taking advantage of their drivers. Some drivers have claimed they are barely making a livable wage after you factor in wear-and-tear on vehicle and other expenses.
What are your thoughts on the increase for drivers? Do you feel this is good for New Yorkers? With Uber and Lyft drivers circling the block for a fare, do you think this will mean even worse air quality for the city?
Seth Goldstein / Seth@NYNJ.COM / © NYNJ.COM