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https://www.bizjournals.com/southfl...ide-hailing-service-caps-prices-ahead-of.html

Uber Technologies Inc. will cap prices for rides in South Florida through the coming days as locals seek refuge from Hurricane Irma, abiding by price gouging laws despite the platform's "surge pricing" model.

The cost of an Uber ride typically fluctuates based on the ratio of drivers to passengers at a given time.
In the wee hours of 2016, for example, the commotion of New Year's Eve jacked up prices on the Uber platform almost 10 times higher than usual for some South Floridians.

Uber Florida spokesman Javi Correoso could not confirm what the price for rides will be capped at. However, he assured that the San Francisco-based company will be held to the same standards as other local businesses.

"No one is going to get an outrageous, higher-than-usual price," he said. "We are working with state and local officials to understand where our services can be most helpful. We are also constantly communicating with drivers and asking them to adhere to state and local emergency procedures."

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the state's price-gouging hotline on Tuesday after Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to threats posed by Hurricane Irma.

Florida statute defines price gouging as selling "any essential commodity" at an "unconscionable price" within the area for which a state of emergency is declared.

Price gouging carries a fine between $1,000 per infraction up to $25,000 for multiple infractions over a 24-hour period.

"Profiting off of someone else's misfortune is wrong, especially if that misfortune is caused by a serious calamity such as a potentially destructive storm," said Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.
Lyft, a competitor to Uber also based in San Francisco, will monitor driver activity and ride requests to determine price capping, according to spokesman Campbell Matthews.

"At present, we have not seen an irregular increase in prime time and our top priority remains the safety of our drivers and passengers," he said.
 

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literally just made an account for this, I filled my car up and parked it in the garage along with another 12 gallons of fuel and its simple. If Uber doesn't give me any incentive to drive I won't. Fuel will be harder to come by in the coming days, my car will be at higer risk of being damaged, there will be less drivers on the road, and people who want to take an uber should consider it a LUXURY and not a necessity. I don't see it as price gauging but hazard pay.
 

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exactly right, I took just 3 passengers yesterday, 2 on surge that didn't tip to the airport and a third on DF home at non surge....if it aint worth it for me then I protect my car and life. and today might get crazy as peoples stress and anxiety really go crazy..I saw 2 accidents yesterday and said thats it for me...it isn't worth it....
 

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You guys are making the right choice...

Uber/lyft probobly can't legally do surges/primetime.

For the money your getting it's not worth the risk.
Uber does not do surge. It does upfront pricing instead and keeps the extra money themselves. They could have charged upfront price but share the extra money with drivers without surges. This way it could have been legal too.
 

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There will be no surge for a few days. I went through Harvey in Houston. Right before the storm hit, to be nosey, I turned on my app. Request came so quick, it was hard to go offline. No surge at all. Not worth it. Uber/Lyft might might even suspend service like they did here(3 days here). We finally got surge back after a week and a half. Some gas stations are still without gas. Stay safe everyone.
 

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I'm a driver and if demand out strips supply then there should be a surge....I'm not out price gouge.... but for increased road hazard risk, waiting an hour or more for gas if you can find it...etc is a cost of business for the driver that should be compensated via some surge.......if normal non surge prices are present then I'll wait for normal driving conditions to return before I hit the road
 

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You guys are making the right choice...

Uber/lyft probobly can't legally do surges/primetime.

For the money your getting it's not worth the risk.
Correct. It did not surge at all last night in Orlando. So that means drivers did the right thing and stayed home.

There will be no surge for a few days. I went through Harvey in Houston. Right before the storm hit, to be nosey, I turned on my app. Request came so quick, it was hard to go offline. No surge at all. Not worth it. Uber/Lyft might might even suspend service like they did here(3 days here). We finally got surge back after a week and a half. Some gas stations are still without gas. Stay safe everyone.
Yup not worth it.

literally just made an account for this, I filled my car up and parked it in the garage along with another 12 gallons of fuel and its simple. If Uber doesn't give me any incentive to drive I won't. Fuel will be harder to come by in the coming days, my car will be at higer risk of being damaged, there will be less drivers on the road, and people who want to take an uber should consider it a LUXURY and not a necessity. I don't see it as price gauging but hazard pay.
How is that Hazzard Pay working out for you?

And yet it did not surge.
They simply pulled drivers from 20 minutes away.

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Correct. It did not surge at all last night in Orlando. So that means drivers did the right thing and stayed home.

Yup not worth it.

How is that Hazzard Pay working out for you?

And yet it did not surge.
They simply pulled drivers from 20 minutes away.

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For those who don't know...

That is right in the heart of downtown Orlando,

And yes there is a downtown Orlando...
 
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literally just made an account for this, I filled my car up and parked it in the garage along with another 12 gallons of fuel and its simple. If Uber doesn't give me any incentive to drive I won't. Fuel will be harder to come by in the coming days, my car will be at higer risk of being damaged, there will be less drivers on the road, and people who want to take an uber should consider it a LUXURY and not a necessity. I don't see it as price gauging but hazard pay.
How is that hazzard pay working out for you?
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Its really as to what the prosecuting attorneys think of it, not what you or I think.

And Uber isn't that sympathetic of a defendant.
rather than uber capping surge(which actually I think they removed completely), they could've elminated their fees and the % they take per ride and capped it at 5x and advertise it as a "we care about our drivers and community" campaign bullshit and they would've come out looking alot better for it.
 
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