Users of taxi-hailing service Uber will have to shell out more money for travelling in New Delhi. Uber also seems to have removed the option of providing break up details of fare, to the user after a trip is completed.
Users of taxi-hailing service Uber will have to shell out more money for travelling in New Delhi. Uber also seems to have removed the option of providing break up details of fare, to the user after a trip is completed. Interestingly, there has been no announcement about the surge in prices from the company itself. When travelling from Pitampura to Noida (Sector-10), the fare, earlier used to be around Rs 490. But now,the price was found to have been increased to around Rs 545. This change in price has been compared for almost the same distance and trip time (34.89 km, 51 mins and 32.98 km, 49 mins respectively). Meanwhile, surprisingly, Uber has also stopped the facility of giving the user, details about the fare. When asked about the sudden rise in the price, Uber provided a very generic reply saying, “In general, Uber rides are calculated as a base fare plus rates for time and distance. Rates vary by vehicle option. ” The company, earlier used to mail the user, information about the ‘base fare’, ‘distance fare’, ‘time charge’, ‘distance surcharge’, and ‘toll tax’.
Uber had added the ‘distance surcharge’, back in October when it added an extra charge for long distances. The company had justified the move to increase fares beyond 20 kilometres, by saying, “The change aims at ensuring you get a ride when you need one by justifying economics for our driver-partners.” For Uber Go the normal prices, according to ‘fare calculator’ on the company’s website, are Base Fare = Rs 40.00, Per Minute charge = Rs 1.00 and Per kilometres charged = Rs 6.00. Additionally according to the ‘distance surcharge’ system, after 20 kilometres, the cost rate becomes Rs 12 per kilometre for UberGo.
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Uber had also introduced the long distance fares in other cities like Vizag, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Jaipur. Recently, Karnataka High Court had handed over the power to the state government to regulate the pricing of cab aggregators like Uber and Ola. For, New Delhi, even after the surge in pricing, Uber had claimed that the platform, was ‘still the most affordable ride in the city’. It remains to be seen when the company will announce the reasons for the recent surge in fares in the national capital.