Seattle to require minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

SEATTLE (AP) — Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle are expected to make the same $16.39 an hour minimum wage as other workers in the city after a vote by city officials supporting new regulations. The Seattle Times reports that the Seattle City Council unanimously voted Tuesday a pay formula requiring ride-hailing companies to boost pay for drivers to account for expenses and the time drivers spend in transition from one ride to the next and while waiting for passengers. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed the regulations. They set new per-mile and per-minute rates for drivers and require a $5 minimum payment per trip. The rules take effect in January.