Uber’s pricing surge pricing system has been a big topic of discussion among taxi owners and consumers alike since its inception, with the company claiming that surge pricing can be a valuable tool to protect customers from being charged higher prices when demand for rides exceeds supply.
Uber also argues that surge prices are an effective tool to drive up ride-share prices.
And in California, where Uber has set up shop, a bill that would have allowed Uber to set surge pricing rates for all ride-sharing services passed in the state’s legislature on Thursday.
The bill would have created a single statewide surge pricing rate for all rides, and would have set a maximum of $3.50 for every mile driven.
In practice, Uber’s high-demand ride-shares are generally much cheaper than their low-demand peers, and drivers and passengers typically use their own meter to determine what price to charge.
In a statement to CNNMoney, Uber spokesperson Lauren Hegarty said that the company’s surge charging system has never been in any way intended to be a price gouging tool.
Uber, which currently operates in 17 cities, currently has around 1,400 drivers in the United States.
Hegartney noted that the surge pricing is meant to be used only for low-volume rides, such as the one Uber is currently experiencing.
Uber is also allowing customers to request ride-swap rates for their own rides, so that the price of a ride for a different rider can be used to offset a higher fare to the same destination.
But some ride-harbor owners and drivers, who have spoken out against Uber’s new surge pricing scheme, say the pricing scheme is not fair and has made them increasingly angry.
Uber has not responded to requests for comment.
Uber’s surge prices, which are set at a certain rate, are based on the average cost of the ride, which is set at about $1.20.
Hegemony Taxi Group, a San Francisco-based ride-hailing service, estimated that Uber’s prices are a little over 40 percent higher than the average fare of its drivers.
He added that the Uber surge pricing would not make sense for the city of San Diego, where it operates a total of 20 cab companies.
San Diego’s taxi-hail service, Hegemony, recently reported that its surge pricing costs its drivers about $400 per week, or more than $1,200 per month, and that it has a backlog of more than 100,000 rides, which have taken place over the last six months.
He gi te cao, a group of San Diegans who are passionate about the service and its drivers, are now demanding that Uber stop its surge price scheme, and instead let drivers negotiate with drivers directly for rides, a demand that has been echoed by many other ride-hire drivers.
San Diegans have been pressing Uber to change its surge system since the company launched its UberX service in San Francisco last September.
Uber has since promised to phase out surge pricing in the city.
However, the San Diego drivers have been not satisfied with that response.
They’ve begun an online petition to put pressure on Uber to stop the surge prices.
The petition currently has more than 20,000 signatures, and is expected to reach the 30,000 mark by Friday afternoon.
Drivers have also called for Uber to drop the surge fees altogether, saying they are unfairly hurting drivers who are simply competing for a ride.
Uber says it plans to continue to increase surge pricing throughout the year, with a goal of doubling it by the end of the year.
The drivers’ demands came amid the announcement that Uber is in talks with the Federal Trade Commission over the possibility of using the ride-pooling technology to help raise fares.
Uber and Lyft currently have an agreement to offer surge pricing for rides through their ride-rental services.
The FTC has already begun an investigation into Uber’s use of surge pricing, and has also filed a complaint with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) regarding the company.
Uber and Lyft declined to comment for this story.