Public comments for: Driver Earnings and Vehicle Lease Transparency

Comments

Comment:
It is important to stop these large FHV app Companies from exploiting FHV drivers to a point that they can barely earn a living wage. The proposal of the TLC to use the base utilization formula to calculate minimum compensation for each trip seems like a very effective way to solve this problem. The proposal to increase pay on pooled rides is also very important . Since most pooled trip take drivers to remote non busy locations where they cease to get any further trips . The time it takes to get back to busy locations to start earning again is substantial. Cheap long rides for passengers means exploitation of driver income. People who advocate pooled rides as saving vehicle space forget that public transportation is the best way to have less vehicles. Cheap pooled trips have adversely affected the public transportation infrastructure. Any FHV ride whether shared or non shared should be priced to provide a living income for drivers .
Agency: TLC
Comment:
Coalition for Smarter Transportation Comments to The New Your City Tax and Limousine Commission Re: Drive Pay Rule On behalf of the Coalition for Smarter Transportation, we respectfully submit the following comments to the New Your City Tax and Limousine Commission regarding the proposed ‘Driver Pay’ Rule, specifically, we write to oppose the ‘Shared-Ride’ Bonus. About Coalition for Smarter Transportation The Coalition for Smarter Transportation is a membership organization made up of public and private sector entities that are pushing for ‘smarter’ transportation polices. CoaST believes that innovations in technology will enhance and improve our transportation system, further, we believe that all levels of government need to recognize that our transportation policy cannot just be about infrastructure. Why we oppose the ‘Shared-Ride Bonus’. One of the principles of CoaST is to promote shared rides. We believe that as local governments seek to oversee and regulate new business models their focus should be on increasing average vehicle occupancy as well as promoting transit and active transportation. We believe that the ‘Shared-Ride Bonus’ being proposed by this commission will only serve to increase the cost of sharing a ride and thus will act as a disincentive for users who will likely turn to services that are geared towards single occupants. This rule and the corresponding results seem to undercut efforts by this and other entities to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. CoaST is in the process of developing recommendations on how cities should consider taxing new service models. We will release that report in the near future, but one point that is clear is that policy should do everything it can to encourage sharing of rides, the proposed rule related to a ‘Shared-Ride Bonus’ will not do that as currently constituted and we strongly encourage the commission to eliminate this provision from its proposal. Regulating free market services creates numerous concerns and issues, however, if you insist that there must be additional compensation for drivers who provide pooled trips, we suggest you impose a fee on single-occupancy rides across the industry to create a centralized fund that would then distribute bonus payments to drivers who provide pooled trips. We believe that under no circumstances should you directly or indirectly raise the cost of providing pooled rides.
Agency: TLC