Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Uber and Lyft prices expected to rise during New Year's Eve rush

Uber and Lyft prices expected to rise during New Year's Eve rush

"We can't think of a better gift this holiday season than lives saved and tragedies averted as a result of this success".

Though partying is a New Year's Eve's important to be careful while doing so.

And to avoid those pesky fines, Bangor Police has some advice.

The taxi industry has been at war with ride-sharing apps since Uber first launched in Australia.

"Surge pricing is also specific to different areas in a city, so some neighbourhoods may have surge pricing at the same time as other neighbourhoods do not", says Uber.

But you might not have to beg a friend to be the designated driver.

Allen and Allen is willing to cough up $50 per rider to make sure they don't get behind a wheel on New Year's Eve.

An Uber spokesman told AAP the introduction of surge pricing to UberTAXI was aimed to encourage more cab drivers to use the app over the New Year's period.

We take your vehicle home in the Bangor/Brewer area. "No questions asked", said Butch Foss of Union Street Towing.

As it has offered for 35 years, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office will have volunteer drivers in place Sunday night into early Monday morning to shuttle home downtown partygoers. If you're going to drink on New Year's Eve, you'll need someone sober to drive you home so you're not risking the well-being of yourself and others, not to mention thousands of dollars in DUI penalties. "If your not, we're the second best thing to that".

"We have a DD at all times", Shawntay Bracamontes said.

The price of an Uber on the last day of 2017 and on New Year's day will be proportionate to the number of drivers on the road, and demand from riders.

It can also change very quickly depending on how many people are requesting taxis. And, while they're not free, it's definitely much cheaper than getting a DUI. The business is offering up to $5,000 worth of rides that night. "We have all cars on deck", explained James Gallant, President and CEO of Dick's Taxi.

So, taxi driver James Gallant says be patient.

Yellow Cab's general manager didn't respond to multiple calls from the News Journal on Thursday.

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