Ride-hailing app Uber is reportedly taking hundreds of dollars from its drivers’ paychecks to pay airport-issued tickets. Unfortunately, most of the drivers are not aware of this.
Thousands of Uber’s drivers are vexed over the news that its company had allowed the Los Angeles World Airports Authority to issue 11,117 citations to drivers, with a total amount of $3.8 million, that came from the drivers’ paychecks. One of its drivers confirmed this saying he experienced having four $100 tickets pulled out from his paycheck. When asked if he was given the chance to appeal, the driver responded, “I’ve called Uber and they said, ‘We can’t do anything.’”
Apparently, in the contract between Uber and the airports, this charge is allowed as the company responded to one of its drivers’ email: “per your agreement with Uber, we must collect the violation amount from you.”
Meanwhile, in the UK, former drivers of the app are still pushing the lawsuit against the company and have reached the UK Supreme Court on July 21. One of its plaintiffs, Yaseen Aslam, is a former taxi driver that worked for Uber as well, but now he’s making efforts to force the company to provide proper treatment to its drivers as employees entitled to the minimum wage, the right to be part of a union, and sick leave. After Uber lost three times, it is about to face its final appeal.
In this pandemic season, not just Uber, but the ride-sharing business has been hit hard as many are fearful of trying the old ways of ride-sharing. Recent surveys don’t show promise as more and more people are now against the idea of returning to the backseat of a car by any ride-sharing app. For example, in the US, out of 779 Americans, 58% of them prefer personal vehicles over any shared ride.
As of now, Uber has released its door-to-door safety standards for drivers, wherein drivers are required to confirm specific safety actions before going online.