Updated List of Markets With Increased Safe Ride Fee

newsboy559

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I wasn't sure where to put this one, so the complaints sectioned seemed most appropriate.

We just got an email here in Wichita from Uber notifying us that they are raising the safe ride fee to $1.40 effective tomorrow. But it appears the email is market specific to Wichita and our neighbors up in Kansas City did not receive such a notice.

Certainly, they can't be raising the fee in one tiny little market in the middle of nowhere. Anyone else get this?
 

Brady

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Kalamazoo, Michigan received a notice tonight that theirs was going up to $1.15. No other markets in Michigan got the notice. This won't have an impact on drivers in Michigan because the safe rider fee is taken off before commission is calculated and the minimum fare is going up $.15 as well.
 

newsboy559

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Kalamazoo, Michigan received a notice tonight that theirs was going up to $1.15. No other markets in Michigan got the notice. This won't have an impact on drivers in Michigan because the safe rider fee is taken off before commission is calculated and the minimum fare is going up $.15 as well.
My thought is this. Uber is doing this in small markets to test market tolerance for raising the fee. It will spread across the country within the next year.
 

Adbam

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The srf does matter. They include it in any incentives they give out. Gross fare is their term for pay with the srf included. When they advertise pay on radio, Internet, ect. it is included. The worst thing about srf is you actually have to deduct it on your taxes. Why is something that was never ours to begin with have to be deducted on our taxes? They act like they pay it to us then take it away.
 

Amsoil Uber Connect

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Just in time for Christmas.
 

newsboy559

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The srf does matter. They include it in any incentives they give out. Gross fare is their term for pay with the srf included. When they advertise pay on radio, Internet, ect. it is included. The worst thing about srf is you actually have to deduct it on your taxes. Why is something that was never ours to begin with have to be deducted on our taxes? They act like they pay it to us then take it away.
Because you don't do your taxes correctly, then. Do your taxes based on what you actually received from Uber... not how THEY tell you to do them. I kept Uber's 1099 for giggles to reminisce about how corrupt this company actually is, but I did my taxes based on the money I received. I never received any part of their safe ride fee or their commission. Therefore, it was never my income.
 

UberXTampa

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Lyft has it at $1.50 but it is added to the fare and not shown as driver income.
Uber is at it screwing the driver even more. UberMath blind sides a lot of us, drivers, into thinking it is not even ours to begin with and what the problem is some of us having with SRF.
the way it is, Uber is stealing this income from the drivers.

Very unethical and evil.
 

JLA

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Cheaper and cheaper fares (drivers have to pick up many more to earn the same) + pool rides = twice as many SRF's for Uber. Doesn't surprise me at all that they're looking to increase the SRF booty. You multiply the SRF out into the millions of rides and it's a considerable revenue stream for them.

They should be made to put those profits errr I mean "operating costs" into where they belong ie the Drivers. Incident response and background checks are a complete joke and everyone knows it.
 
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UberXTampa

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In a true partnership, there should be no SRF.
The ratio of the fare Uber has to cut from the total fare should be a flat percentage.
If expenses go up and profits drop for Uber, for whatever reason, this ratio and/or the fare (initial + mile + time) should be played with.
SRF is turning into a theft with these attempts.
 

fork2323

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It's better to just gypsie cab it.. pick up the passenger, offer a lower fee if they pay cash or pay with their credit card. I have a PayPal swiper on my phone.. then cancel on uber and take them where they want to go. Problem solved.
 

UberXTampa

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It's better to just gypsie cab it.. pick up the passenger, offer a lower fee if they pay cash or pay with their credit card. I have a PayPal swiper on my phone.. then cancel on uber and take them where they want to go. Problem solved.
Uber is a technology company.
Believe it or not.
If what you suggest actually becomes a serious concern, it is easy to identify who is doing such a practice.
In this Orwellian world, it is more difficult to pull such a trick consistently without losing access to the platform completely.
 

Adbam

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Because you don't do your taxes correctly, then. Do your taxes based on what you actually received from Uber... not how THEY tell you to do them. I kept Uber's 1099 for giggles to reminisce about how corrupt this company actually is, but I did my taxes based on the money I received. I never received any part of their safe ride fee or their commission. Therefore, it was never my income.

Ahh no I have a personal accountant and friend do my taxes. If you didn't deduct the srf then you paid taxes on it or you filed your taxes incorrectly. The 1099 lists gross pay.
 
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