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Re: “Uber Really, Really Doesn’t Pay Very Well, According to a Lawsuit Filed in North Carolina

Uber was great pay when it started in the Raleigh area but it has gotten much less lucrative as time has gone on. Uber has and continues to be using some extremely deceptive practices and does all it can to hide them. Ubers interests and the drivers interests are not well aligned making them bad partners. Uber has slashed rates dramatically claiming it would increase income. That has not come to pass. Instead Uber raised their Booking Fee from $1.00 to $1.80, increasing their revenue per ride by 80 cents and not sharing any of that with the driver. So lower rates by roughly $1.00 a trip, then raise the fee by 80 cents means that Uber is getting .60 more per trip AND drivers make .80 less per trip. This adds up over time. Uber also has started quoting prices as a flat rate which is an estimate that's a little higher than the time and mileage fee that used to be charged but they still reimburse the driver by time and mileage. In most cases this means they pocket a little extra change on each ride. On the few rides where a passenger would remember what rate they paid, Uber was making an extra $1.00 that they were not splitting with the driver per their agreement. Uber wants to get massive volume, to the point of taking passengers away from the bus while the drivers need better rates to make a decent living.
People who leased cars to do Uber when it paid better are stuck now as the floor drops out from under them between lower rates and increased competition. I also don't need to mention how Uber has mislead the public into believing that a tip is included in the rate when in fact that's not the case.

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Posted by Marty Dulberg on 11/22/2016 at 4:56 PM

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