Taxi, Ride-Sharing Safety Tips For New Year's Eve

Regulatory reform in NSW means the taxi function has been allowed to apply surge pricing to customers since December 1 allowing it to charge

"We don't believe the pricing should be influenced by taking advantage of the peak period", NSW Taxi Council chief executive officer Nick Abrahim said.

If you are planning to go out this New Year's Eve, one Houston law firm is offering to drive you home for free. You do have to ride with other passengers that are going the same way which might take slightly longer, but who knows, you might make some new friends.

Uber prices are expected to be at their highest until 3am following the conclusion of New Year's Eve fireworks displays. In theory, that model leads to more drivers on the road looking for higher fares; thereby, dropping prices back down again.

Though partying is a New Year's Eve tradition.it's important to be careful while doing so. This means, if your fare is £10 and the surge is 2.5x, your final cost would be £25.

While Uber surge pricing will come as no surprise to Sydney's New Year's Eve revellers, the ride share giant has warned the increased cost will also apply to its lesser known taxi partnership.

"I like Uber now of days because it is so hard to get a taxi now out where I'm at because I live in a rural area.", explained Robert Jones of Shavertown.

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So how do you avoid these high fares?

With Uber, prices can often fluctuate during peak times.

Lyft has something similar called Prime Time.

"Having a wholesale license to distribute alcohol in the state of Missouri, we feel like it's a privilege and as a third-generation family business operating in Missouri for more than 80 years, we have a personal stake in promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol and making sure everyone gets home safe", Collins said.

"Walk to the corners and text your driver".

But you might not have to beg a friend to be the designated driver. "Drivers are going to be there in 1 to 3 minutes, so request when you're outside on the street, and your driver will be there in a matter of moments". "It's a service like a restaurant".

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