The City Council’s for-hire vehicle committee will hear a slew of bills aimed at helping taxi and Uber drivers Monday — including at least one that would add yet another surcharge onto rides.
One of the nine proposals the committee will mull over is a Corey Johnson-sponsored bill that would add a surcharge onto not only taxi fares, but also any black car rides hailed over apps such as Uber or Lyft.
The money would go toward creating a fund to help drivers pay for health insurance coverage.
“It asks the TLC to do a study of the driver population, what the best benefit package would be and what their needs are,” said agency commissioner Meera Joshi.
There are already 80 cents worth of surcharge added to all taxi rides. Of that, 50 cents goes to funding the MTA and 30 cents goes toward helping pay for wheelchair-accessible cars. Riders are also facing a new $2.50 surcharge starting next year when they take rides below 96th Street in Manhattan.
The health care bill does not say how much the new surcharge would be.
Drivers say they are furious that the city is considering adding more surcharges that will push away riders and take more money out of hacks’ pockets.
“Are they f–king crazy?!” fumed taxi driver Sergio Cabrera. “Do they think these cabs are a golden goose?…They can go to hell, I don’t need health care, I already have health care. I don’t need anyone to take any more money out of my pocket or add any more surcharges to taxis.”
The other bills on the table include one that would create a plan to bail out taxi medallion owners, one that would prevent ride-hailing app companies from taking money out of drivers’ pay to cover debts, and one that would create a diversity office within the TLC.
Johnson did not return calls for comment.
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