Lyft recently emailed drivers, notifying them that they would need to take new mandatory safety training in order to continue driving on the Lyft platform. We had senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur take the training to see what it’s about, how it helps drivers, and what this means for drivers-as-employees.
Recently, I spent 30 minutes going through Lyft’s new mandatory safety training program. I received a notification about this training program on my phone. In order to make the notification go away, I had to watch a series of videos. Other drivers received more information about this program, but for me, it was a series of annoying pop-ups on my phone.
The whole process left me with some serious questions. If I am an independent contractor, then why do I have to take mandatory training? This seems like something employees would have to do. And why does everyone have to take the training program? I have been driving for nearly 4 years and no one has ever complained about verbal misconduct. Let’s jump into this new program and get some answers.