Pa. lawmakers hold public hearing with ride-share drivers to see if more oversight necessary

Mike Dougherty
June 06, 2019 - 3:34 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As reliance on Uber and Lyft expands, lawmakers in Pennsylvania sat in on a public hearing to learn what it's like to work for those companies. 

Drivers say working conditions have deteriorated in the past couple of years and it's only gotten worse with both ride-sharing companies going public on the stock market.

Most drivers don't even know who to call with complaints.

"And they're nowhere. We don't even know where the Uber general manager is," one driver said. 

Angela Vogel is a driver who has studied Uber and says the company just does what it wants with no warning.

"Our primary demands right now are the wage protections, deactivation protections, the right to negotiate at fair hearings any terms of service changes," Vogel said. 

She says some drivers are losing money.

"Drivers were changed from getting a percentage, which was 80 and then at one point 75 percent of what you would pay, to only getting a per mile and per minute rate," she said. 

Which she says is sometimes 50 percent or less than the fare. 

They want $20 an hour after expenses.

Representatives from Uber and Lyft were invited to the hearing but didn't show up.