New York City is reaching out to ride-hail drivers looking for work to help with emergency food deliveries to seniors and other at-risk citizens confined to their homes during the city’s coronavirus crisis.
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The Taxi and Limousine Commission is signing up TLC-licensed drivers who are 18 years or older, eligible to work in the U.S., have a Social Security number and can handle the heavy physical labor required by the effort.
Drivers are being paid the New York City minimum wage of $15 per hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls, according to the New York Post.
Ride-hailing bookings are down sharply nationwide, and several companies have suspended their pooled ride operations in NYC to help address social distancing concerns.
The TLC program is first-come, first-served, but anyone who signs up will be considered for future gigs.