On August 8, 2018, the New York City Council passed historic, first-time regulations on App Companies such as Uber and Lyft.
Since February 2nd, yellow cabs are turning over $2.50 every time they pick up, drop off or drive through with a fare 96th Street and below. Green cabs are turning over $2.75. It is devastating a workforce already in crisis, that is not the cause of the congestion, and that has already paid $650 Million to the MTA.
Uber spent $100,000 to lobby for this version where App companies get a concession tax rate of 75 cents. This Uber-paid for plan is unfair, cruel and in the end, will destroy a 25,000-workforce industry and leave the MTA underfunded. We are calling on our State Lawmakers to grant an Exemption for Yellow and Green Cabs from the Taxi & FHV Congestion Surcharge by Amending N.Y. Tax. L. §1299.
Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via deactivate drivers with no repercussions, stripping drivers of job security. We are calling on the TLC to regulate Uber’s contract with drivers, which must inform drivers of their rights, including policy on deactivation. At the same time, we are calling on the City Council to pass a bill that would protect drivers from firings without just cause or appeal. This bill would allow unfairly deactivated drivers to file an appeal with the city and for those found to be deactivated for unjust reasons, to get their job back with the Company and to receive back pay.
If you have ever been deactivated, you can report Deactivation by filling out NYTWA’s intake form that we will forward to the TLC’s investigation!
For the past three years, we have been working one-on-one with our medallion owner-driver members on loan restructuring while also calling on the TLC and the City Council to provide urgently needed debt relief. Our proposed solutions include debt forgiveness by establishing a permanent task force to determine the value of the medallion, forgiving all amounts above that value, and capping the monthly mortgage amount.
A recent city study found that App-based drivers are still making less than $17.22 an hour, even with the new pay rules that went into effect February 1, 2019. Meanwhile, yellow cab and green cab drivers haven’t seen a raise on the meter in 7 years. All drivers need a raise, which we can win by first regulating the fare that Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via charge the passengers, establishing one minimum rate of fare across the entire industry so there is a level playing field, and capping the amount of commission Uber - Lyft - Juno - Via can take from the driver, guaranteeing at least 85% of the fare to the driver.
As we fight to keep the FHV vehicle cap permanent, we also need to regulate the amount companies like American and Tower can charge to the driver who leases (rents) the car, or wants to buy the car. Regulating leasing and financing would mean Companies could charge drivers no more than $350 per week for weekly leases and no more than $275 per week for lease-to-buy financing (and no more than $42,900 in total).