Fair Drives, Safe Rides Policy

CM Chavez



Minneapolis City Council Members Wonsley, Osman, and Chavez statement on Fair Drives, Safe Rides Policy

Dear neighbor,

Today, we are proud to move forward a policy that will protect basic workers’ rights and dignified wages for thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers. This legislation was written in partnership with drivers, national experts, and city staff to ensure it is the strong policy drivers have been asking for and deserve.

Rideshare driving is crucial work that keeps our city functioning, yet often drivers make far below the wages they need to support their families. Drivers provide their own car, gas, and insurance. They receive no employment benefits and have no guaranteed wage levels. Many riders and drivers have examples of the driver receiving a tiny share of what the rider paid. Drivers have stories of being assaulted, carjacked, or harassed by riders and receiving no help from the rideshare companies. Drivers also have their accounts deactivated by the rideshare companies without explanation or recourse, leaving the driver without a source of income.

A large majority of rideshare drivers in Minneapolis are workers of color, many of whom are East African. The lack of minimum wages and workers’ rights protections in the industry is a racial and economic justice failure that this policy will help correct.

Policy highlights:

  • Guarantees drivers a minimum compensation of $0.51 per minute and $1.40 per mile that they have a rider in the vehicle, amounts that increase annually proportional to the city’s minimum wage.
  • Guarantees riders and drivers get receipts detailing how much the rider was charged, how much the driver received, and how much went to the company.
  • Removes the ability to pay for a ride with a gift card to increase accountability for rider misconduct.
  • Establishes policies and timelines for why and how a company can deactivate a driver.
  • Establishes rights and timelines for a driver to challenge a deactivation and legal representation in such challenges.
  • Gives the city the authority to create and/or fund a nonprofit driver’s resource center to support in education, advocacy, and legal representation for drivers.

We invite everyone to learn more about the policy and share your feedback:

Info Sessions:

Riders: July 27th 6-7:30 at 505 4th Ave S. Room 100

Drivers: August 2nd 6-7:30 at 2307 17th Ave S. (Somali, Oromo, Amharic, and Spanish).

Everyone: August 3rd 6-7:30 at 505 4th Ave S. Room 100, online, and recorded.

Public hearing: August 8th at 1:30pm at Minneapolis City Hall (350 4th St S) Room 317



Robin Wonsley, Ward 2 Minneapolis City Council Member

Jamal Osman, Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Member

Jason Chavez, Ward 9 Minneapolis City Council Member

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