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Drivers stop work, call for Uber pay boost

Uber drivers across the country are planning on logging off Monday morning to protest new changes to the rideshare service. Source GettyMore Uber drivers across the country are planning on logging off Monday morning to protest new changes to the rideshare service. Source GettyMore
Rhonda Young | 09 August, 2018, 12:39

Drivers that are in support of the bill, both from taxi companies and within Uber and Lyft, claim that a spike in traffic, drop-off in productivity, and steep decline in the value of taxi medallions from over $1 million down to less than $200,000 are all results of ride-sharing's now unchecked rise in the city.

"We start to double the amount of vehicles we purchase". Uber has mounted an aggressive and highly visible campaign against the cap, but Corey Johnson, the council speaker, believes it has enough support to pass - a stark difference from three years ago when Uber defeated an earlier cap proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The council bills also set a minimum pay standard, after a study last month found that 85 percent of for-hire vehicle drivers earn less than $17.22 an hour. "Uber needs to bring prices to sustainable levels".

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New York's growth cap and pay floor each would be the first in the United States, said Uber spokesman Jason Post.

Uber passengers across Australia face the prospect of more stop-work action by drivers if the ride-sharing company refuses to improve pay rates for add-on services. "That alone is a reason to call a time out and assess what's going on here".

"There's a better chance of drivers getting better trips", said Jacky Lin, who has driven for Uber for more than a year and is part of another driver group called the Independent Drivers Guild. Uber, however, also argues that the rise in available vehicles has helped accessibility for those not on the island of Manhattan, who have fewer public transit options and are fed up with the higher rate of delays and service cancellations on the subway and buses in recent years. "Cabbie Group Action is important in winning back the losses that taxi drivers have suffered".

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App-based companies Uber, Lyft and Via Transportation tried to head off the council vote with an offer to set up a $100 million fund to help debt-laden drivers who had borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy taxi medallion operating permits years ago.

The San Francisco-based company, which was founded in 2009 and operates in more than 600 cities worldwide, opposes any government-set cap on drivers, Post said.

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