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$70 for 4km: Commuter shock at Uber surge pricing during train chaos

The real question is why are the State Governments NOT cracking down on surge pricing?

Uber are at it again. As trains ground to a halt in Melbourne on Thursday morning, commuters desperate for another way to work were shocked by Uber prices surging to more than five times the usual fare. Why is this not regulated you might ask?

One commuter wanting to avoid the chaos as police locked down North Melbourne station to investigate a suspicious item was quoted $120 for a seven kilometre trip from Moonee Ponds to their office near Flinders Street Station.

A luxury Uber Select for the same trip would have cost $180.

One commuter stuck at Kensington station received an estimate of $68 to travel four kilometres to a CBD office.

An Uber Select was asking $140.

Once the bomb squad declared North Melbourne station safe and train services resumed, the short journey returned to its usual fare estimate of about $12.


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