Updated: Feb 16
Uber and Lyft should make their driver's employees instead of independent contractors. Sounds great great right? However, this would take away some of the things most drivers love about driving for Uber and Lyft. The freedom to be able to drive whenever or as much/little as they want, is what attracts most people to drive for the companies in the first place.
It is also understandable why there are drivers that want to become employees. Most of the drivers that are pushing for this the most are the drivers who work full-time as there only source of income.
See if Uber and Lyft drivers become employees, there would most likely be more part-time drivers becoming full-time ones.
Below is a list of the good and bad of what could happen if Uber and Lyft where to make drivers employees.
1. Hourly wage
2. Health benefits, sick pay, 401k
3. Company's pay for maintenance of car
4. Company's pay for gas
5. Pax complaints would possibly be taken more seriously
1. Instead of being able to go online whenever they wanted, drivers could be given a set schedule and/or specific times they have to drive. Also, would most likely only be aloud to drive for one company.
2. Surge pricing would most likely go away
3. Higher standards expected with ratings, car type (year, make and model) certain cars could be not aloud on the platform
4. Rental program would most likely disappear
5. The extra costs would trickle down to drivers. This would result in fewer profits and therefore less income.