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Can drivers manipulate the surge? How do you avoid the surge as a passenger?

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Uberserge
1296 Rider Driver
 Posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Surge Club, news all over main stream media, is it possible that a few drivers can manipulate the surge?

https://ride.guru/content/newsroom/can-uber-drivers-really-manipulate-surge-pricing-as-reported-in-the-media

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    sallymae
    15
     3 years ago

    I thought Uber didn't even have surge pricing anymore? Isn't all just like one upfront fare?

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      Uberserge
      OP 1296 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      Uber has surge multiplier pricing for the driver in Los Angeles, most cities are on flat rate surge for drivers. There's definitely surge pricing for the pax like before but they won't tell you what the multiplier is like before, they'll just tell the passenger it's busy for up to 1.8x and very busy for everything above that.

      They will charge the pax 2x let's say and pay the driver a small bonus like $3 on base fare and keep everything else for themselves.

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    blackandyellow
    147
     3 years ago

    So you dont really think this happens? I mean it definitely has happened in some locations but you think it is blown out of proportion?

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      Uberserge
      OP 1296 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      In the old days, it used to be easy to pull it off sonce there weren't so many cars, nowadays it's almost impossible, read the article I wrote in the Rideguru newsroom.

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      Uberserge
      OP 1296 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      Totally blown out of proportion and sensationalized by the media. Uber and Lyft are very much guilty of the same thing themselves.