Driver Stories

Hundreds of thousands of drivers in California are providing essential services as independent contractors. Read the voices of Prop 22 and why they drive.

I’m a US Army Veteran. Driver based apps helps me pay my car payment and insurance plus a few other bills. Driver based apps are very important to this economy. Some customers can’t afford to drive. As a driver I rely on orders to pay some of my bills. I go above and beyond for my customers and the restaurants I pick up at. Being an extra set of eyes if they make a mistake on orders helps their business and makes the customers experience more enjoyable. I’m proud to be an app based driver.”

I love what I do and without Lyft, I wouldn’t be able to afford my apartment, to chip at my student loans.

I had a full-time job until I became a mom. I have to stick with part-time hours so I could spend time with my baby and not miss out on watching her grow. Also my husband is disabled, so I turned to app-based delivery services to supplement our income. I need the flexibility of driving so I can earn money without having to worry about childcare, especially with our busy schedules.

Being able to make my own schedule gives me the freedom to take my grandmother to her doctors appointments and to her dialysis three times a week.”

I started DoorDash during 2018 because I had a hard time getting employment. And since then I’ve always used it to help me make my extra cash that I need for my life. Especially right now with the quarantine going on my hours have been drastically cut back in the only thing that’s helping me pay all my bills is DoorDash. Without this app I would seriously be without a home and probably without my car and several other things. DoorDash is how to make it through so many times of having to pay vet bills for my dog, car payments or insurance AND making sure that I still have a home or even just some gas in my car…Without this app I don’t know what I would do.. It literally makes the difference of whether or not I’ll be homeless in these times of struggle.”

Hello my name is Kathy, I am sharing my story because it’s important for everyone to know how important it is that is drivers are able to have flexible hours. I am married and have a a son that’s still at home. My husband is unable to work because he has had 20 surgery’s in the last 5 year’s. I am his main care taker so I can only drive when I have someone that’s able to be at home. I also have my own health issue, that limits me from working a full time job. That’s why it’s so important to me to have flexibility in my driving schedule. I’m trying to provide for my family, if we are made to have a daily schedule, I will have to quit driving.”

I like being independent and being my own boss. Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash is a lifeline for people like me. I love my job and love the riders and customers who rely on our service.

I am a full-time nursing student, as a nursing student there’s not much time for myself, staying on top of my studying, going to my classes and doing my clinical rotations at the hospital take most of my time. With most of my time invested in my career there is not enough time for me to find a stable job that will accept my schedule. Books for my classes, online testing programs and everyday expenses including rent still need to be paid for. With the flexibility that some app-based rideshares and delivery provide, I am able to work whenever I have an open slot in my schedule. Flexibility is important to me because it is the perfect way to be able to work on my own time without compromising my studies and/or my future.”