Minnesota Lawmakers Reach Ride Share Compromise

A law awaiting the governor’s signature establishes wage rates for drivers. Ride share companies say if the law passes, they plan to continue service in the state.

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May 22, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan that will keep Uber, Lyft, and other ride share providers in the state. “Passed 71-59 by the House and included in the transportation, labor and housing conference committee report is a plan to pay rideshare drivers $1.28 per mile and 31 cents per minute with a $5 minimum per ride.”

According to a press release from the Minnesota House, “HF4746, as amended, would also grant drivers the right to appeal a deactivation, providing an avenue to possibly reactivate their account on a rideshare app, and appropriate $173,000 in fiscal year 2025 from the General Fund for enforcement, education, and outreach, with annual base of $123,000 beginning in fiscal year 2026.”

The bill does not change drivers’ independent contractor status, but does require companies to provide insurance and compensation for injuries incurred while working. “Officials representing Uber and Lyft assured the conference committee Sunday that the two companies would continue to operate in Minnesota.”

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