Uber Fort Collins Pricing
Uber’s pricing is similar to metered taxis, although all hiring and payment is handled exclusively through Uber and not with the driver personally.
If the Uber car is travelling at a speed greater than 11 mph, the price is calculated on a distance basis. Otherwise, the price is calculated on a time basis. At the end of a ride, the complete fare (which includes gratuity—Uber’s exact wording is “No Need to Tip” and no option to add a tip exists except to offer it by cash) is automatically billed to the customer’s credit card. Uber has said its high prices are the premium that the customers pay for a cab service that is not only reliable, but also punctual and comfortable.
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During high demand times such as Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or severe inclement weather (such as heavy snowstorms), Uber increases its prices to “surge price” levels to reach an economic equilibrium by attracting more drivers. Uber has also used surge pricing during extremely inclement weather, such as a July 8, 2013, rainstorm that flooded many streets in the greater Toronto area, and during Hurricane Sandy. Customers receive notice when making a reservation that prices have increased. During New Year’s Eve 2011, prices were as high as seven times normal rates, causing outrage in response. Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick responded: “…because this is so new, it’s going to take some time for folks to accept it. There’s 70 years of conditioning around the fixed price of taxis.”
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