It appears that in the case of some Uber and Lyft drivers, the ride-hail companies truly get them coming and going. As a way to increase the number of drivers on the road, each company has partnered with a third-party provider that promises to lease cars out to would-be drivers — with the carrot being potential income made from working for one of the two San Francisco-based companies. However, with potentially onerous lease conditions for cars meant to be driven full time — including monthly mileage limits — some drivers are discovering that the carrot may in fact have been a stick all along.
So reports CBS 5, which details how Breeze and BAMA, two third-party companies working with Lyft and Uber, offer leases on fuel-efficient cars that have left some drivers broke and trapped.
“I am paying at least $1,000 a month,” an Uber driver identifying herself as Angela who got a car through BAMA told CBS.
Breeze, for its part, suggests that a driver must work at least 20 hours a week to make anything over the lease payment. And Breeze imposes a 600-miles-a-week mileage limit — which, while likely fine for the average Joe, could make it difficult to drive full time for a living. If a driver goes over that limit, he or she is then charged $.15 per mile. BAMA, reports the channel, has a 2,500-miles-a-month mileage cap.
With the use of complicated commercial leases (not covered by consumer protection law, the channel notes), approval taking as little as 30 minutes, and payments taken directly out of your earnings, the entire situation reads as one step away from drivers being paid in company scrip.
“Some things really are too good to be true,” mused Angela.
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