Travellers using the Uber Black chauffeur drive service in Melbourne face a fare hike of up to 25% from today, with a return journey between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and the city's CBD now priced at up to $282.
The base fare has increased by 25% to $10, the per kilometre charge by 20% to $2.40 and the minimum fare by 25% to $25, while the additional per minute charge is unchanged.
In an email sent to registered Uber users, prices were increased to offer “higher vehicle standards and more cars on the road when you need them most.”
The company last raised its Melbourne Uber Black rates in November 2014 with a 60% boost to the per minute charge, while at the same time the flat $80 fares on airport trips were abolished – previously capping a return journey at $160, but which today costs in the range of $218 to $282.
On a brighter note Uber’s low-cost option UberX sees a 15% fare reduction from today as well, although these drivers aren’t able to collect passengers from Melbourne Airport.
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Uber doesn't actually employ the drivers or own the cars, but rather provides a go-between to link drivers who have some downtime between booked jobs with people seeking a quality ride that's a cut above a taxi.
Uber counts many business travellers among its customers, especially for these runs to and from the airport.
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