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How do drivers like Ride Austin? What are the rates? Should this be in more cities ?
$10 Average per ride sounds pretty impressive. Too bad I got kicked off their platform the first two weeks because I wrote them criticizing their BS, half baked initial roll out. Including but not limited to the fact that they were/are fishing for their silly charity thing, which is in Direct competition with...HELLO...Driver Tips! Which they didn't even offer until months after the roll out. "Lame" customer service is putting it mildly. They can straight go F themselves.Basic service is $1.50 base, 99/mile, 25/minute, $4 minimum... you keep all of it. Premium and lux pay more and you keep 80%. In-app tipping.
I average $10-11 per ride and 2.4-2.5 rides an hour. I drive downtown Friday and Saturday nights, mostly, and knock off well before closing time. When I've worked through to 2:30am I've definitely seen good multipliers--I just don't enjoy dealing with heavily intoxicated people.
R|A customer service is lame; fortunately you don't need it much. Onboarding requires fingerprinting (which you will have to pay for), and a trip to the city transportation office, and an inspection of your car at R|A's office.
Yeah, I like driving for them.
3x or 4x recently. The issue is that with the other apps available to the PAX the impact is diminished. Most drivers aren't reacting well to the other apps and lack the intestinal fortitude to hold out for best multiplier. As soon as R|A turns on Priority Fare (multiplier) the other popular app (Fasten) lights up with normal fare requests. It takes about 30 minutes for it all to sort itself out, and maximum earning to commence.What are the highest multipliers you guys are seeing on Friday / Saturday bar closing times?
I drive for Fare, Fasten and Getme and I do fine. Can't even count how many times I've heard "Best driver ever". Too bad that Ride Austin values my not sending them a complaint email more than they do what I would have brought to their platform. No biggie though...I bash them every chance I get and as there is an oddly high percentage of my riders who dislike their app because it's buggy or crashes...I usually just play off that.Wow, Tex Tile, I'm sorry to hear that happened.
I did hear that the rollout had, let's say, technical issues and I still get the random stupid "oops" message now and again from the app.
I can't complain about the round-up feature, though, as that's what qualifies them for non-profit status and allows us drivers to keep 100% of base+mileage+minutes+tips. In my experience (n=1) it does not compete with tips--if anything, it primes the pump for pax generosity.
I may be imagining it, but it seems when I specifically mention "they've raised $x for Central TX Food Bank" or Austin Pets Alive or whatever, pax open their wallets a little more.
Last week was my best yet--drove 23+ hours (usually more like 10-15 hours) and earned $603+ for an average $26.06/hour.
When I read on these forums about the games Uber plays with drivers, I feel pretty fortunate to drive for R|A. But it's clear your experience was different from mine. Sorry, man... who do you drive for now?
5 mile ride that takes 15 min...Still can't understand why someone would drive for a company who is gonna take 2$, 20%, or however much they take, when you can drive and get 100%. Maybe math wasn't their strong subject. IMO
You left out the R|A base fee of 1.50, and also 4.95+3.75 does not equal 7.75... so your 5 mile/15 minute example should look like this:5 mile ride that takes 15 min...
R|A $4.95 for mileage + $3.75 for time = $7.75 Payout
Fare $6 for mileage + $3.75 for time = $9.75 x .80 = $7.80 Payout + more if it is peak pricing as both the mileage & time rate increase too
Fasten doesn't take a 20% cut. They charge $.99 per ride and then a credit card processing fee of 2.3% and $.33 per ride. For short rides, Fasten is the loser.Oh you are correct. Forgot about the base fare which for Fare is actually $2. So adjusting both of those:
R|A. $1.50 base + 4.95 mileage + 3.75 time = $10.15 payout
Fare $2.00 base +$6.00 mileage + $3.75 for time = $11.75 x .80 = $9.40 Payout but $13.36 @ x1.5 Peak
So it would appear then that R|A wins out unless Fare is peaking. What this also mean is that with Fasten at the same rates as R|A but taking that 20% (or whatever their cut is) why in the world would drivers be on that platform? Maybe someone can shed light on that one, cause I just don't know enough about them.
The tax thing is legit. https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2722277-what-can-an-uber-driver-deduct
More so then that link, this topic as had been discussed at length in the tax forum of this site, as well as from tax professionals I have spoken from. Basically, it is a gross fare that we collect from the customer as an independent contractor that we then cough up to our partner in business (Fare, Uber, whoever) and then deduct it is a cost of doing business on our taxes. I know it's odd because we never see that money in the first place, since for convenience sake for all parties as soon as payment from the pax is received the fees are taken out and given to our partner immediately. Think of it this way, if we didn't have an electronic version to run the credit card, then the customer would pay you that full fare in cash. Our partner would then ask us to cut them a check for their 20% cut, as well as the rider fee. It's like having having your taxes deducted from your paycheck in a job w/ a W-2, pay the IRS up front as to not have to do it come April 15.