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Fare Share is UNFair!Fare Share Plan is UNFair!

Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed a 200% tax increase on all rideshare trips originating in the city of Seattle. What’s worse? None of the money raised will go to drivers. This is not only a significant price increase for riders, but it will result in fewer trips and at least $12 million in lost earnings for drivers in just the first year*!

We believe there’s a better way for drivers and riders. We hope you will join us in opposing this misguided proposal by Mayor Durkan and support Drive Forward’s plan to help drivers achieve a path to better pay, benefits and due process, and protect the independence we all enjoy.  


Drive Forward represents the viewpoint of thousands of rideshare drivers, and we’ve called on the mayor to support the following:

  • Elimination of the regressive rideshare tax that will be borne by drivers and disproportionately by low-income riders
  • Implementation of minimum hourly earnings standard of $27.50/hr for time worked including expenses
  • Creation of an independent Deactivation Review Board managed by an independent driver’s association selected through a fair, open and unbiased process, voted on by fellow licensed rideshare drivers
  • Creation of a driver’s benefit fund to help drivers access affordable benefits managed by the independent drivers association
  • Assurance that drivers remain independent contractors and can run their businesses as they see fit

Join us in asking Mayor Durkan to listen to those of us who will be directly affected by her unfair proposed regulations. 

*See Solis Financial Forensics Preliminary Report and Supplemental Report found here

Statewide Regulation for Rideshare

During the 2019 Legislative session in Olympia, Drive Forward supported Senate Bill 5926 and its companion House Bill 2039, which established a statewide regulatory framework for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. By eliminating burdensome local regulations, the bill increased economic opportunity for drivers and expanded reliable transportation options for communities across Washington.

Drivers testified about the positive impacts this bill would have for their businesses and the communities where they live and work. In 2017 similar legislation in SB 5620 passed out of the Senate with wide bipartisan support (34-15) but unfortunately did not get a vote in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee. We look forward to supporting similar legislation during the 2020 legislative session.

 

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Our mission is to shape the future of our communities by supporting, educating, and advocating for independent drivers, riders, and member organizations.

We were founded by a group of activist drivers who fought to maintain their independence against burdensome regulations the City of Seattle tried to impose on us through the Collective Bargaining Ordinance. Today we have over 2,000 members who are working to expand economic opportunity for independent drivers, increase reliable transportation and delivery options for consumers, and contribute to our vibrant and diverse communities.

Led by our Member Advisory Committee, together our members have had their voices heard and successfully forestalled legislation negatively impacting our businesses by organizing protests, collecting petition signatures, and testifying before municipal, county, and state legislative bodies. We have provided valuable educational programing to help our members run successful businesses and adapt to changes in our industry.  Together, we’ll continue to share information, educate our members and take action to keep our communities in motion.

Drive Forward Seattle is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization.

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