The impact of national ride-hailing regulations: Labor

Ride-hailing’s system of hiring independent contractors as drivers could be under threat in the wake of potential national regulations, as Congress may look to reclassify them as employees.

Lawmakers may also look to institute a national minimum wage for ride-hailing drivers, building on some of the work that has already been done on the local level. It would represent a major Congressional foray into the gig economy and could upend how companies have operated, but lawmakers said any changes would aim to improve the treatment of drivers and give them greater protections…

According to data provided to Smart Cities Dive, Lyft said 91% of its drivers drive less than 20 hours a week for the platform, while 76% drive less than 10 hours per week. The company also said that 96% of its drivers say a flexible schedule is “very or extremely important to them.”