Drivers in New York City are fighting back against new rules imposed by Uber and Lyft. Traffic was brought to a halt last week as a convoy of about 1,000 drivers assembled to demonstrate against the new rules, targeting the Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive for congestion.
The demonstration was organized to protest how Uber and Lyft are stopping drivers from accessing the company platforms at times when demand is low. The two companies started freezing drivers from their apps after city officials enacted rules setting a rideshare minimum wage at $27.86 per hour (roughly $17.22 after expenses).
Organizers with the Independent Drivers Guild planned the protest. The group says the companies are violating city rules by blocking access to their apps and “shifting the costs of travel and waiting time onto the drivers.”