The National Limousine Association (NLA) has joined forces with Jobs With Justice, an advocacy group, to support ride-hail app drivers seeking fair treatment, and help prevent Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) “from making false promises about income and car leases.”
Jobs With Justice is a non-profit that fights for the rights of workers in many industries.
“Americans are united in the desire to work hard for our families and our futures,” said Jobs With Justice Executive Director, Sarita Gupta. “Unfortunately many ride-hailing services rig the rules to rob working people from leading a good life. Our partnership with the National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly™ initiative will help shed light on how transportation networking companies exploit drivers, consumers and our communities.”
“In a society that increasingly values convenience over safety and responsibility, it is the obligation of the NLA to raise awareness about how ride-hailing services, for financial gain, are circumventing fair labor laws and are not adhering to the same safety standards and regulations that are often applicable to taxis and limousines,” said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. “Our partnership with Jobs With Justice is a vital step towards bringing these urgent matters to the forefront of conversation here in the United States. Ride-hailing services are misleading passengers, exploiting drivers and putting our economy at risk.”
For years, drivers who work for TNCs have been coming forward with claims of poor working conditions. Uber, for instance, has been sued by many of its drivers for multiple reasons, including poor treatment and misrepresenting the earning potential of their drivers, which they settled with the FTC for $20 million. They are also settling a separate case with the FTC over claims of predatory leasing offers, which Uber has claimed will help get drivers in cars and on the road at the best rates possible. These claims have proven to be false.
“I really love Uber and Lyft for the convenience they offer, especially having lived in a major city like Boston where it wasn’t exactly easy to get a cab,” said Jenny Travis, a 24-year-old Account Manager at a New York City ad agency. “However, I can’t in good conscience use their services now knowing how they treat their drivers.”
Learn more about this initiative at www.RideResponsibly.org.
Source: Huffington Post