In an effort to protect the rights of drivers, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved changes to its driver pay rules on November 15, 2022, raising the minimum rates of pay for drivers working for High-Volume For-Hire Services. The increased minimum pay rates were scheduled to take effect on December 19, 2022.
However, on January 6, 2023, a judge struck down TLC’s proposed pay rate increase for drivers of High-Volume For-Hire Services (Lyft and Uber), as a result of legal action initiated by Uber. This means that the current minimum pay rates, available on TLC’s website, will remain in effect until further notice.
TLC firmly believes that drivers should be paid fairly for their work and is carefully reviewing the judge’s written decision. The agency will continue to do what is within its legal authority to protect this important pay standard. Despite this setback, TLC remains committed to ensuring that drivers are treated fairly and will take all necessary steps to achieve this goal.
This decision highlights the ongoing struggle for fair pay and working conditions for drivers of high-volume for-hire services such as Uber and Lyft. It also raises questions about the role of the TLC in regulating the pay and working conditions of these drivers. The agency will continue to review the situation and take action as appropriate.
In the meantime, drivers are advised to check the TLC website for updates on the minimum pay rates and any other relevant information. The TLC encourages drivers to contact them with any questions or concerns about their pay and working conditions.
It’s important to note that this court ruling might only affect New York City and not in the whole country. However, it brings attention to the ongoing struggle for fair pay and working conditions for drivers of high-volume for-hire services such as Uber and Lyft.