Montgomery County taxi drivers are pushing the Montgomery County Council to pass a Passenger and Driver Bill of Rights that would make sure drivers are paid a living wage and given basic workplace protections while also giving customers a better, more modern service for less cost. “I love my job, but it’s getting harder and harder to support my family by doing it,” says Peter Ibik, a taxi driver for more than 16 years who now leads the Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union. Click here now to send an email supporting the bill...
The Passenger and Driver Bill of Rights would rein in the out of control fees drivers must now pay and also “would make sure we had protections against company managers who can now fire us without cause,” says Ibik. “It would give us a voice, as workers, to hold companies accountable.” Cutting the high fees would benefit riders as well, and ensure that Montgomery County taxi drivers are experienced and professional and that companies like Uber are regulated and play by the same rules as other taxi and limo services. Finally, the Bill of Rights calls for an update to the dispatch system to an app-based service to provide more convenience and better service for riders, which is expected to be implemented in the District soon.