In August, the Mayor signed a historic bill package that will ensure fair pay for app-based drivers, and that represents the culmination of two years of activism and organizing. These bills are going to create a fair pay floor and slow over-hiring by Uber and Lyft in New York City.

Though the new laws are a step forward, the City Council did not listen to our demands for a driver cap, and because of influence by taxi groups, they instead implemented a temporary vehicle cap. Because of that choice, we expect that the costs of leasing will skyrocket.

The fight for fair leases also affects our fight for fair pay.

Uber and Lyft are telling the Taxi and Limousine Commission that monthly leases average $635 a month – and the TLC is basing your future pay on that lie. We all know the lowest price you can get for a Toyota Camry is $350 a week.

These numbers don’t add up – but unless you make your voice heard, those numbers are what they are going to be basing your pay and the leasing cap on. Tell us how much your lease costs per month, so we can fight back and end predatory leasing by filling out the simple form at: https://drivingguild.org/2018/08/10/end-predatory-leasing/.

Let us know if your leasing company tries to raise your vehicle’s lease. Send us photos or screenshots of your lease price. If enough workers sign this petition, pledge their support and help us get the truth on lease prices out there, we’ll be able to escalate our action and hold City Council accountable. Sign the petition now to make sure leasing companies stop taking advantage of our fellow drivers.

WARNING:

It has been brought to our attention that criminals are targeting Uber drivers, stealing money from their Uber accounts. They order a ride, call the driver, ask them to pull over, then get their password.

According to Ryan Price, Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild: “We pushed Uber to enforce two-factor authentication, which they tested – but apparently the effort wasn’t successful in stopping scammers from taking advantage of drivers. Last year we worked with the company and reported [the thieves] to the AG. About a dozen people were arrested (they were calling from California).”

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Article by Ryan Price

Ryan Price is Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists, which represents and advocates for more than 60,000 app-based drivers in New York City. We’re Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via workers united for a fair industry.

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