Updated: Aug 21
As the hours tick down, Uber drivers in California await their fate after the firm’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi threatened to pull the plug on all services following a court decision which is forcing the company to classify its drivers as employees.
A California judge denied Uber and their stateside rival, Lyft, more time to appeal his decision that both companies must classify all drivers as employees.
Both ride-sharing firms requested an extension period due to the necessity of having to restructure their business models to conform with the ruling.
The deadline for Uber and Lyft to meet the new requirements is midnight Thursday 20 August.
If Dara was serious with his comments about pulling out of California, then this time tomorrow Uber drivers will be out of work and passengers will have to look for alternative travel options.
The ride-sharing firm says it remains committed to helping drivers and pointed to information on Proposition 22, which will let California voters decide in the November election whether Uber drivers can remain independent contractors.