US RIDESHARE DRIVER’s ASSOCIATION
It appears to me as though there is a need for the formation of an Association to support and represent a large number of RideShare Operators driving for the assorted rideshare services nation-wide. This Association will serve to provide for the betterment of it’s membership and the rideshare drivers it serves. This is a National Association as it seeks to represent drivers in all of the United States Of America
Three primary concerns exist at this time.
1.Unfair practices or abuse by rideshare companies towards drivers and other persons employed in the industry. This includes:
a)Rates of fares that adversely impact drivers incomes
b)Any program that offers sales support or assistance for the purchase of vehicles by the Driver offered by rideshare companies.
c)Fair and reasonable use of rideshare Driver Rating Systems.
d)Flooding of areas served by drivers reducing the income potential for other drivers.
2.Insurance questions regarding personal and rideshare coverage
a)Leave almost all drivers wondering if they are actually covered by any insurance should they get into an accident.
b)Demonstrate that we need to have some interaction with Insurers to ascertain if adequate coverage can be provided that also meets legal requirements and that such can be provided within reason to drivers.
3.Training provided Drivers that benefits both Drivers and Riders.
a)Currently there is no mandate that requires Driver Training, but that does not prevent us from taking such to task for the benefit and improvement of Driver skills.
b)Although additional consideration is required on this topic, courses such as Defensive Driving, Customer Relations, First-Aid, and CPR are possible courses to consider.
Today across America, companies such as Uber are running roughshod over their drivers, subjecting drivers to unreasonable hardships, reducing drivers income to below minimum wage levels, and providing no protections from employer abuse. This abuse must stop, but as a single voice there is insufficient power to require employer change abusive practices.
Per Uber’s claims, Uber has employed approximately 160,000 drivers nation-wide. It is believed that the formation of an Association representing those drivers and the drivers of other rideshare services would be of sufficient numbers to bring issues of concern to the table with the reasonable attention provided to Driver concerns.
It is my recommendation that this Association become a Limited Liability Corporation, as a non-profit association supported by membership dues and activities that provide for the Association but no one individual to profit from it.
The actual formation of this Association will be decided by vote of the attending potential drivers at the first meeting of the core interim Association Administration.
Upon affirming the formation of this Association, applicable volunteer officers will be nominated and subsequently voted in.
Individual Cities may nominate potential officers to serve as representatives from their city. Subsequent to setting such local Representative the structure and responsibilities will e determined and developed.
**An interim membership application and monthly dues will be set at $25.00 per applicant with monthly dues of $10.00 temporarily paid by WePay Subscription while structure for this Association is developed. This has been changed to annual member ship for Drivers is $10.00 per year and annual membership for Riders is $5.00 per year.
To start up this Association an Attorney will be selected by the temporary Association President to ensure all legal matters and requirements are responded to and/or met with compliance. As there are no funds yet available to compensate this Attorney for their time, any indebtedness to this Attorney will be payable from membership dues as these funds become available. Any legal actions in defense of the Association or it’s membership will result in a call to the membership to donate funds specific to the need in hopes all members will donate adequate funding to support the legal action. In the event adequate funds cannot be raised by this method, it will be by decision of the Attorney if we should continue the legal action to be attempted.
An Attorney will be retained and will also be assigned a position as an Association Officer to provide legal services as necessary for Association needs, to be paid from Association monies as necessary for the betterment of the Association and it’s membership. To facilitate this position the interim officers will interview potential attorneys and vote upon those interviewed, offering the position to the attorney with the highest votes.
As the Association growth permits, Attorneys will be retained for all major/minor cities served by this Association
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