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Some Valley Lyft drivers unhappy about new pay structure

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PHOENIX — Some Lyft drivers aren’t happy about the ride-hailing company’s new pay structure.

Drivers will now be paid starting when they accept a call for a pickup, but at a lower rate.

“When you looked in the paperwork, you saw that your mileage prices went down from 60 cents a mile to 35 cents,” said Valley driver Russ Knight.

He says he’ll drive for Uber instead, where he figures he’ll make more money for the 30 runs he averages each day.

Knight calculated a ride from Chandler to Scottsdale and determined he would have lost $6 driving for Lyft.

“How much did I spend in gas? How much does my oil change cost me that I have to do about every 10 days?” Knight says about how he figures his costs.

A Lyft spokesman says the new pricing structure will “make time on the road more valuable for drivers.”

“This is intended to make earnings more consistent and the adjustment pays drivers from accept to drop-off” as opposed to from pickup to drop-off previously, spokesman Alex Rafter said in a statement.

Passenger rates will not increase on Lyft as a result of this change.

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