Auto and taxis in Mumbai go on strike at midnight, and coupled with the onset of monsoons, commuting is going to be a major hassle tomorrow. Uber has stepped in to do its part in make commuting a tad easier. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
Uber is withdrawing surge pricing in Mumbai from midnight and it will be disabled till tomorrow midnight. Since there will be no dynamic pricing, demand will be high, and Uber warns that availability of cabs could be affected. Also Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
To recap, Uber explains its surge pricing model saying, “When the supply of cars gets tight, we will raise the price in increments over time and conversely as supply opens up, we’ll lower the price.” So essentially at peak times like New Years, tariffs are generally higher than usual. Users are notified about this rise on the app whenever surge pricing kicks in. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
Ironically, the taxi and auto unions have called a strike to protest against privately-owned cab companies like Uber, OlaCabs and Meru among others.
Uber’s announcement of the withdrawal of surge pricing follows.
Getting around Mumbai tomorrow will be tough, but we at Uber are committed to a reliable ride.
We’ve worked with our partner drivers to ensure that Mumbai’s citizens can get around the city seamlessly when choices are limited, especially with the onset of the monsoons.
So, on Wednesday, June 17th, from 00:00 hours until midnight, dynamic pricing will be disabled to ensure that you can get to where you need to be. However, no dynamic pricing means that the availability of cars will be affected, due to the increased demand. You may have to try a few times to get a ride successfully.
We know it is going to be tough out there. Our partner drivers are enthusiastic in their support of our efforts to make sure that Mumbaikars keep moving.