In 2020, RDU raised our concerns as drivers, that requiring conversion to ZEVs without giving us specific financial support would make it near impossible for most drivers to make the transition, meaning thousands of us would lose our jobs. We joined with other environmental groups and labor groups and were invited by CARB and CPUC to voice drivers’ concerns and ideas for change.
RDU created a set of principles to ensure that any state incentives for conversion to ZEVs pay drivers directly, rather than having that money go through Lyft or Uber. We are also advocating that the state has data transparency with Lyft and Uber, ensuring that they are both held accountable for upholding the law without it harming drivers.
As drivers, we believe in the mission of SB1014; climate change is a crisis that affects all communities in California, but a transition away from fossil fuels must not come at the expense of vulnerable communities who are already struggling, including the community of rideshare drivers.
Please also read the newsletter article from RDU Vice President Alvaro Bolainez: