Uber's warning for customers ahead of New Year's Eve

"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.

As New Year's Eve approaches, ride-hailing leader Uber is reminding riders that surge pricing will indeed be in effect. 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.

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.

The service is used by licensed taxi drivers when they can't get conventional fares, but generally costs slightly more than a regular Uber.

Uber has warned of surge pricing ahead of New Year's Eve - and been slammed by taxi drivers as a result.

Uber is partnering with Coors Light Free Rides to offer discounted rides to and from all Valley Metro Rail stations. Carner said the increase of Uber drivers relative to 2015, as well as the expected decrease in the downtown crowd, may leave drivers with thinner pockets heading into 2018.

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"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.

(Picture: Uber.com)How is Uber's surge pricing worked out?

"To go from one end of Wheeling to another, you're looking at about $10 and someone who is going a short distance can't afford to pay the minimum fee with Uber", said Giles. This is 25% cheaper than getting an UberX, and shows you a fixed fare so there are no nasty surprises.

Nashville residents and visitors planning a budget-friendly night on the town New Year's Eve can, once again, count on a free ride home Sunday night.

But, he said, based on what he's seen in other areas, the services will likely get busier. The result is wasted time and money lost for the taxi driver. It'll cost you less than the regular uberX and you may even be able to make a few friends along the way.

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