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Rideshare drivers react to surge pricing change in Las Vegas

Posted at 10:06 PM, May 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 15:19:27-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's a busy weekend in town with many people getting around using rideshares and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is taking action to make it easier to get a ride but it'll cost more.

As more visitors return to the Las Vegas Strip, the need for an Uber or Lyft will only increase. Uber driver Ryan Hazy says he is already seeing some benefits.

“It’s great. I’m not going to lie. I’m making almost double what I would normally make," Hazy said.

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Another Uber driver Frank Guarino worked for the first time in nearly a year and also did well.

“I averaged 80 dollars an hour. My friend, she’s a constant driver, she worked last week and made $1,900," he said.

It’s all thanks to Sisolak, lifting a restriction on surge pricing on rideshares. Guarino believes it will help motivate more drivers to return.

“Whenever there’s surging going on, it’s absolutely better incentive for us to come out,” he said.

Uber released a statement saying in part:

“With more people becoming vaccinated and Nevada's economy reopening, Uber is focused on bringing back earnings opportunities for drivers during busy times and improving reliability for Nevada riders."

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However, as more people return, there’s concern over customer behavior. Guarino is worried the return of surge pricing would lead to frivolous complaints from passengers to avoid payment.

“Whatever it took to make sure they weren’t being charged such a premium fare,” he said.

Hazy says he’s already dealt with unruly passengers, many involving Uber’s mandatory mask policy and refusing to drive anyone not wearing one.

“I’ve had my face mask ripped off of my face twice. I’ve had passengers threaten me verbally,” he said.

The drivers say to expect to wait a little longer for rides with the surge in demand, but passengers will eventually get to where they want to be.

“Be patient. That’s all I got to tell people. Be patient,” Hazy said.

Uber drivers say the best way to ensure that you’ll be able to get a ride is to book as early as possible or schedule a ride in advance.