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Technology Uber test lets some drivers set their own fares

18:45  21 january  2020
18:45  21 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Uber is testing a new feature that'll give some drivers in California a chance to earn more money. The experiment comes after the state's gig-worker bill went into effect earlier this month.

a person driving a car: Some Uber drivers in California may earn a little more money thanks to a new feature. Getty Images© Provided by CNET Some Uber drivers in California may earn a little more money thanks to a new feature. Getty Images

Drivers in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento who pick up passengers from an airport can set their own fares instead of using the Uber estimated fare, according to a report Tuesday from The Wall Street Journal. This is part of a test by the ride-hailing company to give drivers more control of their rates, which can go up to five times the standard fare.

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"Since AB5 (Assembly Bill 5) has gone into effect, we've made a number of product changes to preserve flexible work for tens of thousands of California drivers," Uber said in an emailed statement Tuesday. "We're now doing an initial test of additional changes which would give drivers more control over the rates they charge riders."

California Assembly Bill 5, known as the gig-worker bill, passed in September and took effect on Jan. 1. Companies such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash who make use of independent contractors to handle their services will now be subject to a three-part test on whether the workers can be labeled as contractors or employees, which could entitle them to things like overtime pay and health benefits.

a person driving a car: Some Uber drivers in California may earn a little more money thanks to a new feature. © Getty Images

Some Uber drivers in California may earn a little more money thanks to a new feature.

Leading up to the bill taking effect, Uber sued the state of California, arguing that AB 5 is unconstitutional and unfairly targets gig economy companies and workers. Uber has also said the bill could put drivers out of work, and result in longer wait times for passengers.

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