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NYC taxi board sets minimum pay for app-based drivers
Dec 04

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NEW YORK (AP) _ New York City taxi regulators have approved new pay standards for app-based car services that they say will raise drivers' annual earnings by $10,000 a year.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday on new rules that will establish a per-minute and per-mile payment formula for Uber, Lyft, Via and Gett. The formula is supposed to result in drivers earning $17. 2 an hour.

The move makes New York the first U.S. city to set minimum pay standards for app-based drivers.

Uber spokesman Jason Post says the rules ``will lead to higher than necessary costs for riders.''

But taxi commission chairwoman Meera Joshi says she believes New Yorkers are willing to pay a little more so that drivers ``are able to provide for themselves and their families.''

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019