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Seattle considering imposing minimum fares on rideshares

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brownbear
599 Rider
 Posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Seattle is considering instituting a minimum fare per ride, to ensure drivers are getting compensated fairly.

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/seattle-considers-raising-rates-uber-lyft-rides-boost-driver-compensation/

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    joeyj
    423 Driver Rider
     3 years ago

    Thank you Seattle. Maybe I can make a respectable living doing this again.

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    AGirlHasNoName
    116
     3 years ago

    Autonomous Robotaxis will just take over and all of this will be completely moot.  Just a section of a page in the history books.  "Remember those times when cars were driven by human beings and kept crashing into buldings?  There used to be all these rules about not driving drunk and applying for driver licenses?"  "Yeah, grandpa, tell us!"

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    brownbear
    OP 599 Rider
     3 years ago

    I think it's funny that these companies have been stuck in this price war for so long, finally cities are starting to be like "...ummm... you guys need to cut this out. sorry."

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    FitBitMeIn
    136
     3 years ago

    I think I get it.  The city wants to penalize Uber by raising their prices (which makes sense because they've always hated Uber) but they are doing it in the name of helping out the Uber drivers.  Is that right?

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      zaferian
      24
       3 years ago

      bingo. give this man a prize.

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    you_know_nothing
    42 Rider
     3 years ago

    So much for the wild west world of rideshares. Here comes big government.

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      joeyj
      423 Driver Rider
       3 years ago

      without "big government" there won't be any rideshares anymore. no one will drive for them if they can't get paid.

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        you_know_nothing
        42 Rider
         3 years ago

        If people stop driving then they will have to raise pay to compensate. That's how a free market works.

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          joeyj
          423 Driver Rider
           3 years ago

          no. what actually happens is you create a class of virtual slave labor. drivers get paid peanuts. before "big government" came along and allowed unions, people worked 16 hour days 7 days a week in the mills. Including children.

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            you_know_nothing
            42 Rider
             3 years ago

            Lets not be dramatic here. No one is forcing you to drive 16 hours a day.

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    JudgeItoh
    200
     3 years ago

    Uber: "Nearly doubling the per-mile rideshare rate in Seattle will significantly increase costs for riders,”

    but right above it it says, "The city will explore a minimum base fare of $2.40 per ride for Uber and Lyft"

    Spinning it.