Or some of us have been running cab companies for decades. I had a limo interview last year. They W2 so are obligated to pay minimum wage if the tips don't reach minimum. There are many systems within IC driving. NYC has passed legislation which states a full time TNC driver must make $17.22 after expenses. The onus is now on Uber/Lyft to pay them at least this amount, and 1099K them for it. Stop assuming everyone here is beneath your level of achievement.