February 21, 2017

Uber increases booking fee for Philadelphia-area riders

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In this July 15, 2015, photo, an Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport.

Have you called an Uber recently? You may have gotten a notification from the ridesharing giant that your fare is increasing – slightly. 

The booking fee in Philadelphia – a flat charge included in the overall cost of the ride – increased from $1.25 to $1.45, effective Feb. 18. Users are being informed of the new rate when they hail rides using the company's app.

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Craig Ewer, a spokesperson for Uber, said the change is not exclusive to the Philadelphia region.

“Based on the results of a regular review of our business costs, we are increasing our booking fee," he said. "The booking fee is a separate flat fee added to every trip that helps support regulatory, safety and operational costs. We notified riders and driver-partners of these changes before they were made.”

A spokesperson for Lyft did not return an immediate request for comment.

After a long battle with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill in November that officially legalized ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft throughout the Pennsylvania.