Drivers working for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and
Lyft are entitled to a minimum wage following a historic vote Tuesday by the
The rate — set at $17.22 per hour after expenses — makes
The new pay rules, which apply to car services Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno, go into effect at the end of the year.
“Today we brought desperately needed relief to 80,000
working families,” Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers
Guild, said in a statement. “All workers deserve the protection of a fair,
livable wage and we are proud to be setting the new bar for contractor workers’
“We are thankful to the Mayor, Commissioner Joshi and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, City Council Member Brad Lander and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers,” the statement added.
The vote arrives after app-based drivers led a multiyear campaign to increase wages. The drivers have accused companies of taking cuts of their pay that made it exceedingly difficult to survive and care for their families in a city overwhelmed by thousands of drivers working for car-service apps. The industry has been jarred by a spate of professional driver suicides in recent months, as well, a trend many attributed to the stress on the industry.
A TLC study found that the overwhelming majority of drivers earn about $11.90 an hour.