Uber, Lyft drivers slow traffic on Brooklyn Bridge, FDR Drive in protest

Andrew Weber
September 17, 2019 - 10:26 am
Uber and Lyft drivers protest changes in the apps

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) –  Uber and Lyft drivers nearly halted traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive Tuesday morning as part of a protest against new changes with the ride-hailing apps.

Uber is starting a policy today which kicks drivers off the app between rides, in order to comply with New York City minimum wage rules that went into effect earlier this year.

Lyft already has a similar policy in place.

"The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has failed to take action, so the Drivers Guild is calling for the Mayor and City Council to stop the apps from violating the pay rules in an attempt to scam drivers out of fair pay," said the Independent Drivers Guild in a statement. 

Last week, Uber announced it would limit how many drivers can be online at once in areas of low demand as well.

Uber blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for its new rules, saying in a statement Monday, "Time and again we've seen Mayor (Bill) de Blasio's TLC pass arbitrary and politically-driven rules that have unintended consequences for drivers and riders.”

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