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.