Honolulu city councilman proposes ban on ride share company surge pricing | KHON

HONOLULU (KHON2) – If you’ve ever used Uber or Lyft, you know they can charge you surge pricing.

That’s when they up their prices during peak hours.

However, a Honolulu city councilman says he doesn’t think that’s fair, and he wants to even out the playing field among transportation companies on the island.

Council Chair Ernie Martin told KHON2 this bill is the latest effort in addressing consumer concerns when choosing who to hitch a ride with.

If the measure passes, ride share companies would have a cap on how much they can charge for rides during peak usage hours.

So how are surge prices calculated?

According to Uber, if the usual cost of a ride is $10 but there’s 1.8 surge implemented during peak hours, that ride will now cost you $18.

“The issue of surge pricing has adversely affected the consumer. There is surge pricing in Hawaii as well,” Martin said.

“I think the bill is a responsible bill,” said Brenten Yamane, a commercial ride share driver.

Yamane said he supports surge pricing.

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