Uber Drivers in New Zealand Complain of Sliding Income and Rising Workload

Uber Drivers in New Zealand Complain of Sliding Income and Rising Workload

Drivers of New Zealand Uber Drivers' Association are saying that they are facing a noticeable drop in their income but a rise in workload as the company's fare prices have dropped.

In April, Uber announced a twenty percent drop in its prices. The app based ride hailing service also changed the process how one can become an Uber driver.

Earlier, if someone wanted to be a driver they had to dish out $2000 plus three months for medical checks and acquiring the different licenses. Now it costs $20 and approximately six days to finish the entire process.

Ben Wilson, the chairman of NZ Uber Drivers' Association agreed that the alterations have affected the Uber drivers.

He said, "Lots of the drivers were former taxi drivers who came to Uber because they thought it was a better service. But with these price cuts, they have to go back to traditional taxi driving."

He said many Uber drivers are leaving the business as they felt, the business is not proving to be a sustainable source of income any more.

An Uber move which has worried the NZ Transport Agency is that, the company has removed rules that need drivers to carry a passenger service license. The agency calls it illegal.

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