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Why an Uber driver may not take you home this weekend

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If you’re the type of person who’s more likely to call up an Uber driver instead of a taxi driver when you’re in need of transportation, take note of an expected user strive approaching . Due to the relatively low-cost fares, many people throughout the nation are avid Uber users. However, it is because of these lower fares that Uber drivers are participating in a nationwide protest.

Abe Husein is a former Uber driver who was fired by the company for trying to organize a strike in his hometown, Kansas City. Instead of backing down, Mr. Husein decided to take things a step further by organizing a nationwide strike that is scheduled to take place from the 16th to the 18th of October.

He’s asking Uber drivers to strike against Uber by not driving. In addition, he recommended that drivers on strike create fake rider accounts to request rides from Uber drivers that work that weekend and then cancel the request when the driver shows up. He has now backed off this recommendation amid the legality of his advice.

Mr. Husein, who intends for the strike to go viral, set up a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $10,000 to continue marketing the strike on Facebook where he also creates videos to keep drivers and users updated on the strike.

As a result of this strike against the Uber company, fares may very well go up for Uber users. Many Uber drivers are expected to go on strike on the weekend of October 16th, but no definite number has been established. The Event page has 1k people who RSVP’d for the event. Less drivers will cause fares to surge for Uber users. Fares can multiply as much as 2x-5x during surge pricing.

The company has a policy of increasing rates to ensure reliability if there are not enough Uber drivers to meet the demand. The prices increase in order to encourage more Uber drivers to be available for service. The app notifies users when a surge in pricing has occurred, and users are required to accept the surge pricing before they are connected to an Uber driver at that time.

Drivers who are going on strike on the weekend of October 16th are seeking a number of changes for the rapidly growing company and industry. Primarily, Uber drivers are demanding higher mileage rates, a tip option, an option to see the destination of the passenger prior to accepting the ride and a higher cancellation fee when riders no show or cancel a trip prior to the start of the trip.

They are also demanding that the Uber company change their approach to tipping and initiate a tip function in the app by giving the passenger an opportunity to leave a tip if they enjoyed the service. Uber advises that passengers don’t tip their drivers. The company claims that these tips are covered by the fare that Uber users pay and a 5 star rating will suffice. Drivers obviously do not agree with this and have created a petition with over 27,000 signatures to encourage Uber to implement a tip feature.

The Uber company has created a culture where tipping is seen as foreign, despite the fact that passengers normally tip other service industry providers such as taxi and shuttle drivers.

Besides not tipping, there are many others things that passengers do that unknowingly annoy Uber drivers. One being that when passengers don’t give five-star ratings for a ride that went smoothly and well. Four-star ratings, while common, can result in unemployment for an Uber driver. The Uber company demands that drivers maintain a 4.7 star rating. Therefore, Uber drivers who receive many four-star ratings are at risk of having their account deactivated, even though a four-star rating is generally considered good.

Due to the expectations of a surge in fares for Uber drivers, you may be looking for alternative ride share transportation options to take advantage of on the weekend of October 16th. You can check out alternative ride share transportation options at the following links like Lyft, Arro and SideCar if you need to get around this upcoming weekend.

I like to think I am the “Official Chris Brown” but I’m not. I’m just a guy who likes to write and contribute to the improvement of people. That includes you. My focus is on current events and I love to dab in politics.

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