An increasing number of drivers are leaving their favorite rideshare applications due to low wages that force users to work laughable hours just to get them.
The Association of Drivers of Shares in Australia (RSDAA) has revealed that in the first three months of its entry into service, 50 percent of drivers' driving applications are involved.
The association claims that this is a direct consequence of the low rates currently paid to drivers, a "long-lasting" way to make money for drivers.
Drivers are reportedly affected by all major street navigation platforms, including Uber, Ola, Taxify and others, with RSDAA Secretary Les Johnson that drivers are encouraged to make false promises.
"Many drivers are being encouraged to drive high-capacity vows together with the possibility of renting cars from recommended suppliers who also take high rents from unbelieving new entrants," wrote Johnson in a media release.
"Broken carrots that appeared in new entrants is a complete myth."
Many drivers are reportedly forced to work regularly over 14 hours a day to get enough money to cover their living costs.
"These hours are against fatigue laws, but neither the operators nor the ministry are interested in doing anything to it, maybe when life was lost because of fatigue, then they will do something," Johnson said.
Low wage rates, added fees and high fuel costs force some drivers to avoid rideshare apps, with most trying to reach an average hourly rate of $ 16.
For example, in Queensland, the government collects a series of charges from rideshare drivers, including $ 147 a year for driver driving, $ 246.53 per year for renting a rental service, $ 200 for an extra CTP, and $ 80 a year for mandatory vehicle inspection.
Before new drivers are able to start traveling, they must undergo medical and criminal history checks at their own expense.
Uber, Ola and Taxify were contacted for comment.
A survey of 1100 rideshare drivers, released in October, revealed more than 60 percent of the average hourly rate before other costs such as fuel, insurance and vehicle maintenance were taken into account.
The results released by the Rideshare Driver Co-Operative Traffic Office also revealed a high number of drivers experienced harassment or attack.
Of the 969 interviewees interviewed, they said they were harassed or attacked as a driver, which may be another reason why driver turnover is so high.
"The passenger attached me to my body weight while using a hand to attack me sexually," one respondent said.
Thirty-seven percent said it was threatened, while almost a third received racist comments.
"I've drunk passengers who tell me I'm a terrorist," said one driver.
Another driver reported that the passenger joked "about taking me to a distant place to rape me."
There are some operations that help keep the driver safe, for example, Uber has recently introduced new security features including an emergency button in the application.
Some drivers, however, argued that it may be difficult to get riders forbidden from rideshare applications, believing that drivers are more likely to deactivate their accounts.
"The rider can make absolutely unjustified and bad accusations against the driver and without any kind of right to answer, the driver can be eliminated from the platform," Johnson said.
"This has caused extreme financial difficulties for many drivers, because they have no income and in many cases have a car that they still have to pay."