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For those drivers who have not noticed and have not been on the road such as myself, I was shocked to discover that the Uber Idaho team decided to get rid of the Hourly Guarantees, either temporarily or permanently. As far as I can tell, this goes back to the first part of October, perhaps even sooner. It worked by Uber kicking in the difference if your fares were less than the guaranteed rate. Usually, the guaranteed rate would be somewhere around $20/hour for the weekend hours between 10 pm and 3 am, and you would have had to get 1.5 trips per hour (7.5 trips per 5-hour shift) and have an acceptance rate of at least 90% to qualify.

The importance of this change is because if a driver made the $20/hour, after expenses it would be something like $15 an hour. Now with no guarantees in place, Team Uber Idaho must be seeing a significant downturn in rider request and /or a saturated market of drivers. In other words, an ample supply of drivers and not enough rider request.
 

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Uber doesn't need to have a guarantee period right now for Boise because whatever demand there is for rides can be easily met by the idle drivers. Conversely, during the summer months when people are likely to be out and about attending events or headed for the bar, Uber wants drivers to be online for much of the five-hour block to keep customer satisfaction high with lower wait times. Will Uber Idaho bring it back for New Years, even Spring and Summer 2016? By then the Uber market could be overwhelmed even more because of Uber's practice of flooding the market with new drivers via commercials and word of mouth claiming you can make "good money". Will just have to wait and see.
 

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For the record, every idea I have expressed here has been said multiple times elsewhere on the UberPeople forums and some people are much more critical of Uber. Maybe your advice applies to them as well. Happy typing and good luck!
 
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