Uber late Monday rescinded a new requirement that spurred hundreds of drivers to strike over four days. A company spokeswoman said that owners of high-end vehicles will be able to opt out of a new directive that would have forced them to accept cheaper fares priced to match passengers with Uber drivers with more common cars.
Drivers had said that they would remain on strike until such a deal was reached, but the head of a drivers organization could not be reached for comment late Monday. Uber officials declined requests for interviews but sent a prepared statement Monday.
“In other markets with this program, we have seen drivers increase their earnings, and our goal was to provide the same opportunity to Dallas drivers,” spokeswoman Debbee Hancock said. “Over the past several days, we have spent considerable time listening to feedback from our partners and we understand that not all of them want to participate.”
For the fourth day in a row Monday, hundreds of Uber drivers are striking amid accusations that the company strong arms its partner-drivers. And for the second time, scores of angry drivers are rallying at the foot of the company’s West End building today and asking the company to retract a directive that high-end UberBlack drivers take cheaper UberX fares.
Drivers, who again drove en masse into downtown, say they’ll remain on strike as long as it takes. And that they’re showing up at Wednesday’s Dallas City Council meeting.
“If we let this go by this time, they’ll do it again and again and again,” Hakeen Sylla shouted to the crowd of drivers this afternoon.
Driver Theodore Gray said that unlike Friday, there are no plans to talk to Uber officials today.
“They need to talk to us,” he said.