USA: Uber & Lyft raise concerns after Seattle announces plans to establish minimum wage for drivers, protect labour standards & introduce new tax

Author: Monica Nickelsburg, GeekWire, Published on: 20 September 2019

"Seattle plans minimum wage and new tax on Uber and Lyft, adding to ride-hailing’s regulatory woes", 16 September 2019

As Uber and Lyft grapple with new California regulations...Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is working on a plan to tax the industry and establish a minimum wage for drivers. The city says its goal is to ensure drivers are protected by the same labor standards that traditional employees enjoy while raising revenue for affordable housing and other objectives...

... Lyft says it supports a “driver earnings guarantee” that ensures all Seattle drivers earn above the...minimum wage...But the company is resistant to a tax that would only apply to ride-hailing companies...“...We believe that added taxes on rideshare penalizes the very groups you are seeking to help.”...

...Uber’s position...is pushing for congestion pricing and a minimum wage while resisting new fees. “We would have concerns with any proposal that raises prices for riders and decreases trips for drivers...We support the creation of a guaranteed minimum earnings standard for drivers..."...

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