Tube strikes: Uber triples charges as Londoners turn to taxi services » National Taxi Association

Tube strikes: Uber triples charges as Londoners turn to taxi services » National Taxi Association

Minicab service company Uber has been charging customers almost three times as much for its standard rate during London’s Tube strike, which started at 5.30pm on 8 July. The scandal-ridden taxi firm’s popular app gives a signal that, due to a high amount of customers, the basic rate is 2.9 times as high as normal because Tube workers are on strike to protest the 24-hour Tube terms. “Demand is off the charts! Fares have increased to get more Ubers on the road,” the message sent to app users read. The Tube strike, thought to be the largest since 2002, has caused chaos across the capital as all underground stations are closed. Uber’s decision to impose a rate increase has been criticised by commuters. Other taxi companies have also seen a major rise in sales volumes. Taxi firm Hailo reported the number of customers who signed up to the company’s service in the week of the str...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9162

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