Live in Ascension or Livingston? Ubering to Baton Rouge may start costing you more
BATON ROUGE- Uber announced on Tuesday that they will start charging riders an extra fee if it takes drivers more than eight minutes to pick them up.
The fee will typically go into effect between eight and 11 minutes, but is subject to change according to the market.
Uber provided an example of a user who was charged an additional $5.77 after a driver had to travel 4.2 miles (an 11-minute trip) to pick them up.
The move is meant to better compensate drivers who have to travel longer distances to pick-up passengers.
Riders will also be charged if their Uber driver has to wait more than two minutes for pickup, a feature that has been piloted in cities such as New York and Phoenix. Uber will also adjust cancellation fees based on time and distance, so users will have to pay more if they cancel a ride at the last minute.
The campaign is designed to give Uber drivers more flexibility, the company said.