Guest Essay: Let’s keep rideshare drivers independent

Dave Beyna, The Sun Chronicle

We know this year the status quo for drivers will fundamentally change one way or another and quite frankly, it’s about time. The future of our livelihoods has been on the line for too long. Drivers have been pleading with legislators and voters to make our lives better, but not take away what works. We want to protect our flexibility while strengthening our pay and benefits, and there are solutions that will do just that. I don’t want any restrictions on myself, and if you ask drivers who pick you up, or drop off your deliveries, they will say the same.

In the Fall River and Attleboro area, over 3.1 million rideshare and delivery services were provided by drivers to consumers in 2023. Nearly 1 million of those services were total rides completed by drivers like me. Rides that brought you to doctor’s appointments, to your children’s soccer games, or that brought you to and from outings safely.