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Travel Uber experiments with allowing drivers to set their own ride prices

16:40  22 january  2020
16:40  22 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Uber is experimenting with a new feature in California that allows drivers to set their own prices for rides in some circumstances instead of accepting Uber ’s According to the WSJ, the new changes let drivers increase fares in 10 percent increments, up to five times what Uber sets the base price of the

Uber is testing a new feature that will let drives raise fares on certain rides , in a bid to boost its ongoing legal argument that its drivers are contractors and To comply with a new law affecting gig workers, Uber is testing a feature that will allow drivers in California to set their own pricing for certain rides .

Via KXTV-TV Sacramento

A report published this week indicated that Uber is giving select drivers the ability to set their own prices as part of a test created in response to California's new gig-economy law.

Uber drivers in Palm Springs, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara have been given the ability to determine their own fares, according to The Wall Street Journal, as part of an Uber test designed to "give them more autonomy in response to the state's new gig-economy law." These drivers now have the option to charge passengers up to five times what Uber determines as the ride price.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, drivers with lower set prices will get assigned customers first, and drivers with higher set prices will get Since AB5 went into effect, Uber has also changed another major policy by allowing drivers to see riders’ final destinations before picking them up.

Some drivers in California will now have the ability to set their own fares, which could be. When a ride is requested, Uber will match the rider with the driver with the lowest price . Drivers charging higher fares will gradually be dispatched as demand for rides increases.

This feature makes drivers part of a bidding system which gives those with the lowest prices the first customers. As a result, Uber claims that such a feature gives the drivers more autonomy, therefore allowing them to continue to be classified as independent contractors rather than as employees.

The tool complements the changes Uber made in December for its California workers; drivers can now see trip information before they accept it, reject trips without punishment and be selected as user favorites if given a 5-star rating.

According to the report, the ability of drivers to determine fares is an "initial test." Whether the feature will roll out to other regions or remain in the state of California remains unknown.

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