Uber issued plenty of advance warnings before New Year’s Eve, but that didn’t stop passengers from complaining about the ride-hailing app’s surge pricing — which sent fares skyrocketing in hot spots around the world.
Although taxi drivers in Los Angeles are not allowed to hike fares during peak demand, no similar rules apply to Uber and Lyft.
Uber tweeted several times in the run-up to New Year’s Eve, encouraging riders to split the cost with friends and run fare estimators in advance.
“Surge pricing shouldn’t be a surprise!” the company said on its blog.
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— Uber (@Uber) December 29, 2015
Uber Surge pricing was insane last night! I think people forgot regular taxis exist.
— Adam Kuhn (@IamAdamKuhn) January 1, 2016
— Karima Taalbi (@karimact) January 1, 2016
— Ryan G (@T20INC) January 1, 2016
To anyone kvetching abt #Uber surge pricing NYE:
1. You agreed to it when you called the ride.
2. Cheaper than a DUI
3. Are there no cabs?
— Harriet Baldwin Text Trump 88022 (@HarrietBaldwin) January 1, 2016
— Claudia! (@Claud1aK) January 1, 2016
Lol at people complaining about paying 6x Uber surge pricing. Took a subway home with no issues for $2.75. 😎
— Kyle Turman (@kyleturman) January 1, 2016