New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York City due to the storm which has been picking up during the day.
Along with the announcement that schools are already closed for tomorrow and drivers being advised to stay off of the streets if possible, Uber has a warning for us too.
Based on a poll that I recently ran, most of you understand and accept Uber Surge Pricing so this won’t bother you really. For others that don’t love the inflated prices, beware of Surge Pricing tonight 1/26/15!
There won’t be stories of 8x prices since the surge will be capped.
According to Uber, “Due to the State of Emergency declared in New York City, prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare“.
Uber created a policy with New York’s Attorney General “that balances the goal of reliable transportation options with affordability during disasters“.
So how does this work? It actually sounds like a pretty reasonable plan and one that while pricier, might not be so crazy due to the situation. The money raised will also do some good, hence making Uber look good too. Win, win all around?
Here is Uber’s National Policy during disasters:
Anytime a disaster or state of emergency strikes, dynamic pricing is capped and all Uber proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts. On your receipt, you will see a donation from Uber to the American Red Cross.
Uber also warns of:
- Higher demand will bring longer wait times so be patient!
- There will be limited destinations being served
I have to say that Uber’s disaster plan looks to keep some drivers working, earning a higher rate while (I’d assume) not have customers feel as bad since the proceeds will be going to charity. Interesting stuff…
I’m already home from work and school is cancelled for tomorrow so Uber will certainly not be a consideration for me.
Do you/ would you consider using Uber during the storm regardless of 2.8X Surge Pricing? How do you feel knowing that the money will be going to the Red Cross?