Seattle has been annoying for Uber and Lyft for years. Last fall, that discomfort reached its peak. After passing taxes for all trips, Mayor Jenny Durkan declared set of measures to help Uber and Lyft drivers.
Among them is likely a particular headache for car rental companies: the minimum wage for drivers.
To set the minimum wage, the largest city in Washington state first needs to know how many drivers actually earn. It's not as simple as applying Seattle's current minimum wage of $ 16.39 because driving for Uber and Lyft is different from most other jobs. Drivers cover all expenses by yourself, including gasoline, insurance and car maintenance, and necessary expenses are included. So Seattle commissioned two famous economists from New School and University of California, Berkeley for data processing.
Unknown to the city and economists, however, Uber and Lyft quietly entrusted …