PLEASE LET THE TLC KNOW THE LOCKOUT HAS TO END NOW.
Tens of thousands of New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission drivers are stuck renting or leasing their work vehicles from large, exploitative fleet companies as a result of the city’s for-hire vehicle cap. We urge the Taxi and Limousine Commission to stop licensing vehicles to big fleet owners and instead give individual drivers a right to own.
Drivers deserve the right to own their own vehicle, including electric and wheelchair accessible vehicles. All TLC drivers who have been driving for at least two years should be exempt from the pause on licensing for-hire vehicles.
Renting or leasing a for-hire vehicle costs more than $20,000 per year. It is much more costly than owning. For low income for-hire vehicle drivers who are already struggling to make ends meet and support their families, that is a heavy cost. We are demanding a right to own our own vehicles.
New York leaders say they stand with workers, they stand with immigrants, yet they have allowed this policy to keep thousands of low income, largely immigrant workers beholden to large fleet owners with exploitative practices. If you stand with workers and immigrants, then you must give us a right to own.
Complete this form to tell TLC you deserve the right to own your vehicle.
Call To Action! To End the war on New York City For-Hire Vehicle TLC Drivers.
Sign our petition to put a stop to these unfair treatment of the app- based companies.
Sign our petition to put a stop to these unfair treatment of the app- based companies.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s proposed policies would hurt the entire for-hire vehicle industry. Its vehicle cap forces drivers to spend thousands of dollars on renting vehicles and prevents them from building equity in a purchased vehicle. The cruise cap limiting FHVs in Manhattan could harm our ability to make a living. Its policy of allowing unlimited drivers empowers companies to treat their employees as disposable. We need to demand a change.
The TLC must wait to vote on these proposed rules until after a new commissioner is confirmed by the City Council, and until we see the impact of the utilization rate policies that begin in February. To vote before then would be to intentionally ignore the drivers in our industry and would be acting without a full understanding of the impacts on New York workers.
Tell the TLC that it must not vote on the proposed cruise cap and vehicle cap until a new commissioner is confirmed and the utilization rate policies that began in February are studied.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey just announced that it wants to tax app-based trips an extra $4 for every drop-off and every pick-up at an airport. This is on top of the $10 plus already taxed on a typical app-based trip to JFK. This targeted tax will hurt drivers and riders alike.
As part of the gig economy, for-hire drivers work long hours and fight constant regulatory battles to simply make a living wage and provide a service to their customers. They need support—not more taxes.
The airport tax is the latest in a series of moves that directly target app-based drivers, who have the same qualifications as traditional taxi drivers but continue to face additional regulatory and tax burdens. These new taxes would mean a typical Uber or Lyft ride to the airport will now be taxed upwards of $14. Meanwhile, traditional taxi trips, which are already exempt from sales tax, will be taxed only for pick-ups at around $3.30.
Tell the Port Authority we cannot afford this unfair airport tax.
Despite an ever-growing number of FHVs on the streets of New York, currently, our drivers can only use 33 of the 74 relief stands across New York City. This is wrong.
Ride-share drivers deserve the same access to relief as taxis.
After years of fighting for a living minimum wage, IDG drivers won a nearly $10,000 annual raise. The TLC agreed these companies can’t continue to get richer while drivers struggle to get by. But just two days before our long overdue pay raise, Lyft sued to say they just can’t afford it.
This attack on working New Yorkers is unacceptable. Together, we will fight this injustice and expose your greed and malicious indifference to the needs of those who make your company a success. Stop this lawsuit, implement the pay raise, and respect the drivers who are making you rich.
*Uber, Juno, and Via have been removed from this petition as they committed to comply with the law.
REPEAL THE REGRESSIVE AND UNFAIR SHAM CONGESTION TAX AND REPLACE IT WITH A TAX THAT TARGETS THE REAL CONGESTION CULPRITS
In its current form, all this so-called “congestion tax” will do is make it less affordable and less possible for working people to live without cars of their own and harm the livelihood of 100,000 poor immigrant working families. Meanwhile, the big businesses that clog our streets with trucks and the city’s wealthiest don’t have to pay the tax at all. After all, those who rely on private cars and drivers are exempt.
New York state’s “Congestion Tax” is a disaster. It is a regressive tax that will harm the more than half a million working families in our city who rely on for-hire vehicle service for transportation or for their livelihoods without even putting a dent in congestion or the MTA shortfall. The new taxes will be particularly harmful to app-based for hire vehicle riders, whose trips are already much more heavily taxed than taxi trips, and for-hire drivers who are already struggling to make ends meet. Our city should demand the legislature repeal this sham tax and replace it with a fair tax that targets the real culprits of congestion.
With the new state tax on top of existing taxes, Uber and Lyft rides will be taxed $5 on the average $20 trip starting in January. For taxis, which are exempt from sales tax, $3 of such a trip will go to MTA taxes, with an additional $0.30 going to an improvement surcharge for medallion owners. Meanwhile the real culprits of congestion – the delivery, commercial and construction vehicles that block the flow of traffic – get off scot-free.
To call this a congestion tax is a lie. Experts agree the new tax will not impact congestion as it only targets one segment of vehicles: for-hire vehicles. Which is exactly the WRONG segment to target.
Riders of for-hire vehicles are working people who are already paying more than their fair share of taxes – including over $260 million in sales tax alone on FHV trips in 2017.
The New York City Council has not listened to our demands to regulate and implement a leasing cap before capping vehicles. The bill to regulate leasing companies was written by the app-based companies.
The data that the City Council is using to regulate leases is BAD and not accurate. The recent Taxi and Limousine Commission study states that monthly vehicle leasing averages $635 per MONTH. All drivers know the lowest price you can get for an old Toyota Camry is $350 per WEEK. The numbers don’t add up and they’re about to get worse because of the vehicle cap.
We cannot allow leasing companies to exploit the vehicle cap to take advantage of our fellow drivers. We demand a fair limit to leasing prices. Sign this petition to demand a fair limit to leasing prices.
Workers win when we unite and fight. Last year, IDG members organized and won a New York City law and a Taxi and Limousine Commission rule which forced Uber and Via to add a tipping option to their apps, resulting in another $10-$50 in drivers pockets per week. Now we must come together to win a For-Hire Vehicle-specific minimum wage that’s high enough to provide for our families.
The Pay Organizing Committee—the group of workers organizing to win fair pay—approved a proposal to ensure workers can provide for our families. These are our key demands of the proposal:
You may find the full proposal how to improve pay here. If you support our demands, sign our petition, join the Pay Organizing Committee, and tell your fellow drivers.
There’s a problem that For Hire Vehicle drivers have been trying to address for years – there’s no place for drivers to use the bathroom at JFK.
Add your name to my petition telling the Port Authority that Drivers like me need a safe place to use the bathroom!
The lack of clean, accessible bathrooms is a problem throughout the city. Drivers have been bringing this up with rideshare companies and the Port Authority for years. It seems that there is finally some movement on this issue , but we need your help to get this done. The powers that be need to hear from you!
Sign the petition: add a bathroom to the JFK cell phone lot.
As FHV drivers, we are proud of the work we do and the professional service we provide to our customers. Yet this is a daily indignity that the drivers who service JFK have to endure. An indignity that we can change if we stand together.