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Uber is limiting how much drivers in NYC can work in order to comply with new minimum wage rules

  • Uber on Tuesday will begin limiting drivers' access to its app in New York City to comply with regulation aimed at boosting drivers' pay and easing congestion in Manhattan, laws that Uber says will have unintended consequences.
  • Uber's move to lock out drivers at times and in areas of low demand comes just months after rival Lyft Inc implemented similar measures in response to city regulation.
  • New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) last year implemented several laws challenging the way ride-share companies operate in North America's largest city, one of the industry's largest markets.
  • New rules cap the number of app-based, for-hire cars and established minimum pay for the city's 80,000 ride-share drivers based on how much time they spend transporting passengers.
  • The rules are aimed at reducing congestion in Manhattan, where ride-share vehicles make up close to a third of peak time traffic, according to the TLC.

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Lyft hit with another horrifying sexual assault lawsuit

  • A woman who says she was raped by her Lyft driver in 2017 is suing the ride-hailing company in California for failure to keep its passengers safe.
  • It is the latest case about safety in the ride-hailing industry, and the latest charge against Lyft, which was sued by 14 women earlier this month alleging rape complaints against drivers.
  • Uber was sued earlier this year by an anonymous woman from Washington, DC who claims she was sexually assaulted by her driver.
  • And on September 4th, 14 women sued Lyft for allegedly mishandling their sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and rape complaints against drivers.
  • Like Turkos, the plaintiffs accused Lyft of “stone-walling” law enforcement in rape cases, failing to adequately screen potential drivers, and obscuring the true extent of the “sexual predator crisis” on the platform.

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Uber restricts drivers’ app access in NYC to comply with regulation

  • Uber’s move to lock out drivers at times and in areas of low demand comes just months after rival Lyft implemented similar measures in response to city regulation.
  • Both companies oppose the unprecedented rules, saying they will prevent drivers from earning money and cut off low-income New Yorkers in remote areas not serviced by regular taxis, a claim the city rejects.
  • New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) last year implemented several laws challenging the way ride-share companies operate in North America’s largest city, one of the industry’s largest markets.
  • New rules cap the number of app-based, for-hire cars and established minimum pay for the city’s 80,000 ride-share drivers based on how much time they spend transporting passengers.
  • The rules are aimed at reducing congestion in Manhattan, where ride-share vehicles make up close to a third of peak time traffic, according to the TLC.

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California just passed a landmark law to regulate Uber and Lyft

  • Senate lawmakers passed a controversial bill, known as AB 5, on Tuesday evening, after months of uproar from businesses and gig companies like Uber and Lyft.
  • Uber, Lyft, and other app-based gig companies rely on hundreds of thousands of independent contractors to give rides, deliver food, and complete other tasks.
  • Gig workers would get labor protections and benefits that all employees get, such as unemployment insurance, health care subsidies, paid parental leave, overtime pay, workers’ compensation, paid rest breaks, and a guaranteed $12 minimum hourly wage.
  • By classifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, Uber hasn’t needed to pay certain taxes, benefits, overtime, or minimum wages to tens of thousands of drivers.
  • The changes from the law will also reportedly benefit the state of California, which estimates that it loses $7 billion in tax revenue each year from companies that misclassify employees.

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'Maybe I should be scared': We asked a 47-year-old truck driver what he thinks about self-driving cars

  • McCreary: The easy thing for self-driving vehicles, if anything can be considered easy, is that once a particular company's program learns something, all the vehicles know it as opposed to with trucking, every new driver has to be trained from scratch.
  • There's a lot of things that can be automated, checking the oil, but actually walking around, checking the brake thickness and stuff like that, that's going to add a lot of cost and I don't think it would be where the initial big returns would be.
  • I think there's a lot of stuff that remains to be solved before we see a truck that can take off from Walmart's distribution center, drive through the city streets, get on the highway, go where it's going and drop at the next distribution center.

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How Tech Firms Like Uber Hide Behind the ‘Platform Defense’

  • In the face of such an attention-focusing cost estimate, Uber’s top lawyer, Tony West, proffered an ingenious defense: The company’s drivers aren’t employees, even under the proposed new law, because Uber’s main business isn’t driving people around.
  • The company, he told reporters on Wednesday, “is serving as a technology platform for several different types of digital marketplaces.” (Uber also offers food and freight delivery, along with rental bicycles and scooters.) Thus, West said, the whole ride-hailing project would fall “outside the course of Uber’s usual business,” as the law stipulates.
  • @Uber will absolutely comply with the law—but the law does not ‘require contract workers to be reclassified as employees.’ I made that clear on a call today with your reporters.” Uber is a platform company, not a ride-hailing company—that’s their story and they’re sticking with it.

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