App cab commuters wary of surge-pricing burden | Times of India

KOLKATA: The price burden has become heavier for appcab commuters nowadays as surge pricing prevails for the better part of the day and it has become difficult to figure out when and why it prevails. Also, it has become next to impossible to gauge whether surge fare prevails at a particular time as the apps have stopped showing the extra rate, said commuters.

According to sources, the logic that surge fare is determined by an algorithm to lure drivers to hit the streets is not always true. Not all aggregators share the higher fare earned out of surge pricing with driver-partners. “Ola, for instance, runs on package deal with the driver-partner. So, surge or non-surge, driverpartner would get what the package deal underscores,” said Indranil Banerjee, convenor of the West Bengal Online Cab Operators’ Guild.

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