Comment from Hans Johnsen

Whatever happens, these laws shouldn’t lead to an increase in the cost of utilizing the Uber service, be it as a driver or rider. Here in Spokane, fares are already sparse enough outside of peak hours and it’s difficult 40 hours per week to provide for ones welfare. This is, in part, because Spokane is not as economically well off as its counterpart, Seattle. In spite of this, my impression is Ubers pricing model remains the same by region; while an increase of 5 cents (purely an example number) per mile may only lead to 1 of every 500 potential passengers to stop using the service the service in Seattle, it will lead to 1 out of every 100 passengers here in Spokane.

Ultimately, for most of us, the flexibility of the schedule isn’t the main draw of Uber (here in Spokane there’s little point driving outside of certain periods of the day) – it’s the freedom for us to utilize the service to succeed and fail as we see fit. While it’s important for us to update what exactly defines an employee every decade or two to better fit the market, this current redefining runs a high risk of overly-restricting the above freedoms in the name of appeasing a malcontentious but vocal minority who have little understanding of basic economics.

Comment ID: WHD-2020-0007-0977 | 22-Oct-20

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