For Immediate Release: July 10th, 2014
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Lyft’s model of using private cars to illegally pick up rides, called “Ride Share”, is an assault on the livelihoods of tens of thousands of professional yellow taxi, green, livery and black car drivers who depend on the job for daily earnings and on the rights of the public that have been secured through strict licensing, insurance and fare standards for decades. This is not individual entrepreneurship, it’s pure corporate greed pitting people on the streets against each other. The city must act aggressively and swiftly before drivers are made more poor and riders unsafe, uninsured and price gouged.
-Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
UPDATE: On Friday July 11th, yellow taxi, green cab, black car and livery drivers picketed Lyft’s premature launch party that went ahead even though the product launch was stopped by the court on Friday afternoon.
Why We Say NO to Lyft & Ride Share!
Lyft’s Ride Share model is a fast track to poverty!
100,000 licensed yellow, green, livery and black car drivers will lose our hard-earned fares! We are among the New Yorkers who can least afford to have our incomes gutted! For drivers under ride share: There is no Workers Compensation in case of injury or death on the job. There is no temporary Disability Insurance in case of off-duty injury or illness. There is no cap on how much Lyft can charge you. There is no commercial insurance to protect individual drivers from losing our entire savings in case of accident. There is no cap on the number of cars set out to compete for dire earnings. There is no training to prepare for the streets of New York. Ride share drivers take the risk of arrest, fines, car impoundment, and accident claims, and bear all of the costs of daily operation.
The Public is Put in Jeopardy!
There is no regulation of the fares. Lyft’s minimum to enter is $8! There is no commercial insurance requirement. There is no inspection of the cars. There is no background check or regulation to ensure public safety.
It’s not Ride-Share – It’s Ride-&-Beware!
Riders are left unsafe, uninsured and price gouged.
Drivers Are Left Impoverished & Unprotected.
We Are Pitted Against Each other for Survival.
All the while … the Bosses at Lyft Rake in the Profits!
Maybe we are not always appreciated, but New York City’s taxi and for-hire service is considered one of the best in the world by many. Whether Manhattan or the boroughs – 100,000 yellow, green, black, and livery cab drivers are here to serve you 24/7.
Come and Join Our Movement!
TLC Industry Notice: Lyft’s “Ride Share” Service is Unauthorized
Crain’s NY Business (7/10/14): Lyft slapped with ‘cease-and-desist’ notice
NY Daily News (7/10/14): Taxi and Limousine Commission warns New Yorkers not to use Lyft service
NY1 (7/9/14): ‘Lyft’ Ride Share Launching Without TLC Approval