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Drivers Benefits

Drivers Benefits gets all drivers working for Black Car services in New York State the benefits they deserve by working with the Independent Drivers Guild and The Black Car Fund.

Am I a Black Car driver?

If you don’t accept cash from your passengers, then yes, whether you drive for a rideshare app like Lyft, Uber, or Via or a traditional Black Car base such as Vital, you’re a Black Car driver.

Will I get charged for signing up? This sounds like a scam…

No, most of the benefits are free and we won’t ask for your credit card. We know it sounds too good to be true, but you can see for yourself by checking out our Facebook page or getting your free eye exam and glasses in our Vision Van, which is usually in the JFK Cell Phone Lot.

Do these benefits replace my regular health insurance?

No, but we do want to make your life easier and safer. Think of us as your sidekick that gives you extra perks, like helping you get paid $450 to take driving and health classes.

Why do I qualify for these benefits? And who is paying?

Your hard work makes the benefits possible. A 2.5% passenger surcharge on each ride goes to The Black Car Fund so you can receive:

  • Support if you’re injured on the job.
  • Free 24/7 access to doctors by phone or video chat for you and your family.
  • Free eyeglasses.
  • Driving and health classes.

The Independent Drivers Guild provides other benefits:

  • Savings on prescriptions.
  • Low-cost help with TLC and traffic tickets.
  • Representation for you and 65,000 of your peers!

The Black Car Fund is a non-profit organization created by New York State to provide workers compensation insurance to black car and luxury limousine drivers who perform work in affiliation with The Black Car Fund’s member dispatch bases.

We also provide safety and health programs that benefit for-hire drivers.

The Independent Drivers Guild is a Machinists Union affiliate that represents over 65,000 for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City. The IDG is the first nonprofit labor organization to negotiate a seat at the table with a rideshare company and the first to offer crucial new protections and essential benefits while building worker power.

The IDG Benefits Fund helps New York drivers working for Black Car services get access to benefits. We are a sister organization to the Independent Drivers Guild. We have partnered with both The Black Car Fund and the Independent Drivers Guild to arrange this suite of benefits for New York state’s Black Car service drivers.