June 22, 2017

Uber Is Increasing Its Prices, But Drivers Say It’s Not Enough

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In Sydney, the minimum fare is going from $8 to $9, while in Melbourne and Brisbane it’s going from $6 to $7.50. 50c of the 55c booking fee will go directly to Uber to cover “operational costs”, while drivers will send the remaining 5c to the tax office as GST.

“Following our recent roundtable listening discussions with driver-partners, we heard that an important improvement Uber could make to the driving experience would be increasing the minimum fare,” said Uber in a statement. “As a result, we are raising the minimum fares across different Australian cities.”

Given the kind of money they make, drivers asking for an increase in the minimum fare seems entirely fair enough. As it stands though, RideShare Drivers United (RSDU) was less than impressed with Uber’s announcement, calling it a “minuscule” move in the right direction.

“Mininum fare trips make a very small percentage of trips in most cases,” reads a statement on the […]

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