As a new driver, (yesterday was my 5th day) I can honestly say that I have NEVER had to wait for a ping. Ever. Which I found strange, and still do actually, because when I first came to this forum there were a million people complaining about this. (okay maybe three).
I currently still have a 5 star rating (after only 83 lifetime rides so I'm sure this will change soon), but (and I'm going to get roasted on here right now) I ALWAYS rate riders 5 stars because I haven't had any horrible people in my car, in fact they've all been really nice. Again, I'm new and naive, I'm sure I'll be on here in a months time lamenting about my horrible riders, etc. etc.
So my point is, I was driving in core, well back and forth to west hollywood burbank, van nuys/sherman oaks area all weekend and was kept very busy, in fact half the day I was on two trips as I dropped a pax off. I should state information that should be obvious, I have no metals and no incentives.
Edit: meaning I was going from Van Nuys to Core, Core to sherman oaks, Sherman oaks back to core, etc. etc.