Rising gas prices force Cab and ride hail drivers to work for less than minimum wage

It’s not worth it’: rising gas prices force drivers to work for less than minimum wage

Drivers already hit by low wages and poor working conditions are spending more time driving to keep their wages the same. Despite claim by ride hail companies that drivers make more than $25/hour without factoring hours behind the wheels, amount of gas spent, insurance on vehicles, wear and tear plus maintenance, drivers are already making less than minimum wages. Now in presence of rising inflation, drivers are scrambling to make ends meet. American Taxi drivers are not left out in the struggle as they weigh in options for their own survival. Getting a cab is just a click away. "taxi near me, cabs near me, taxi cab near me Augusta taxi Service," are normal keywords that could be used and American taxi Cab driver may be near your address

By Tuesday afternoon, Lyft driver Elida Zabaleta had earned $100 in the five hours she spent ferrying passengers across the city of San Jose. With gas prices in California surging, she’d have to use more than half of that to cover fuel for the day, leaving her with just $45. The rising cost of gas has made a difficult job all the more difficult, Zabaleta said, forcing her to spend more time behind the wheel to earn enough to afford living in one of the country’s most expensive cities. US gas prices have reached record highs in recent weeks, surging in part by the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after already having been high for months. California drivers are paying the most of any in the country, at an average of $5.57 a gallon, according to AAA. Rising prices are hitting gig workers particularly hard as fuel makes up a large part of their daily costs. Uber and Lyft drivers already struggling after the pandemic hit both wages and working conditions say paying more at the pump means they have to spend more time driving in order to achieve the same level of pay. Some are spending more than 60 hours a week working, and some say driving is simply no longer profitable. Rising, paid $5.20 a gallon to fill up this week. Meanwhile, factoring in the cost of gas, her income came out to about $9 an hour, far below San Jose’s $16.20 minimum wage. Zabaleta routinely spends as many as 50 hours a week behind the wheel, giving herself just one day off, and is working more to cover the increasing costs. Even before gas prices started rising, pay was becoming increasingly unpredictable driving for Lyft, she said. She previously drove five days a week, but with fewer passengers during the pandemic and fewer bonuses from Lyft, Zabaleta had to add an extra work day to her week in order to maintain the same level of income, she said. Companies such as Lyft aren’t doing enough to help drivers, she said. “This job should be something the worker should enjoy doing – this is a job that’s high risk and we’re putting our lives on the line everyday,” she said. Other drivers said that without increased wages or other support from ride share companies to help alleviate the burden of fuel costs, driving will no longer be worthwhile. Rondu Gantt started working as a ride share driver in the San Francisco Bay area in 2018 to supplement his income, but began driving full-time after his teaching job left him burnt out. Since then wages have only dropped, he said, and without the bonuses the companies offer, the job wouldn’t be profitable at all.