Brooklyn councilmember takes aim at Uber

January 12, 2015 Associated Press
Councilmember David Greenfield says the Prospect Expressway needs improvements. Eagle file photo
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A politician is accusing the world’s biggest app-driven car service of ripping off New Yorkers by sometimes charging up to seven times more than its average fares.

At a City Council hearing Monday, Uber public policy expert Colin Tooze acknowledged that a $100 ride could snowball to $700.

But he says that’s only if a customer doesn’t pay attention to a pre-ride estimate.

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Tooze says Uber bases rates on supply and demand, and charges can skyrocket in thick rush-hour traffic.

Councilman David Greenfield shot back that New Yorkers don’t take kindly to being ripped off.

New York City has shut down five of Uber’s six local bases while asking for financial records. Uber has refused, saying they’re a business secret.


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