Edinburgh mother gets angry after daughter pays £ 70 for nine-mile Uber trip

A mother in Edinburgh remained furious after her daughter had to fork out £ 70 for a short Uber trip to her house.

Sharon Fairley described the charges as “worrying” after a similar trip cost just £ 18 the night before.

After her post was shared hundreds of times on social media, Sharon told Edinburgh Live that she would write to the licensing department.

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Writing on Facebook, she went wild: “We did pretty much the exact same trip on Friday night and it cost us £ 18 !!!

“I can understand extra charge for the first few hours, but not nearly £ 70 and £ 102 for a great … nine mile trip!”

“Fortunately my daughter was with friends and shared the cost, but it is very worrying if she or someone else had been alone.”

There were over 81 comments on the original post from people sharing their own issues with the taxi giants. One Facebook user wrote: “Stay away from the Uber people! Black taxis all the time, they are safer and cheaper.

Another user said: “Never use Uber !! It’s called soaring prices, they can charge whatever they want. Always use a black cab. I don’t know why everyone else think black taxis are expensive. “

Others stepped in, one saying, “I’ve had bad experiences with Uber drivers just not knowing the routes. I don’t use them, I stay with the major black taxi companies and I use their apps to keep everything tracked. “



Sharon said her daughter’s trip with her friends cost over £ 50 more than she paid for earlier in the week with the same company.

Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Sharon said: “This is very disturbing and I will write to the licensing department.

“She also thinks the black cabs were quoting an extremely high price, which she tries to confirm with her friends.”



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According to the official Uber website, the price surge is “When prices increase, a multiplier from standard rates, an additional surge amount, or an initial rate estimate including the surge amount will be shown on your offer card.

“It will vary depending on your city. Uber’s service charge percentage does not change during emergency pricing.

Since the rates are updated based on real-time demand, the surge can change quickly.

“Surge pricing is also specific to different areas of a city, so some neighborhoods may have surge pricing along with other neighborhoods. “

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