Reports from overseas have revealed Uber drivers are still secretly colluding to cause price surges that result in them charging their customers more than they should for fares.
Ride-sourcing drivers in New York and London have been observed deliberately logging out of the ride-sourcing app to trick the system into surge pricing mode.
As their cars then disappear off the map of available vehicles, the app thinks it needs to ratchet up fares to encourage more drivers onto the road. When the fares get high enough, the drivers log back in and make a killing.
“It’s all about their drivers gaming Uber’s supply and demand algorithms,” said Taxi Council of Queensland CEO Blair Davies.
“If it’s not happening here yet, it’s only a matter time before Queenslanders also fall victim to this scam.”
Mr Davies continued that nothing in the legislation recently passed by the Queensland Government will protect users of booked hire services from over inflated fares.
Booked hire drivers in Queensland can use the same tactics as their overseas counterparts to create fake markets and then reap the rewards of the fake fares that go with them.
“At least taxi passengers can have confidence that the fare calculated on the taximeter is going to be fair and reasonable.”