Police now hassling Uber passengers as they continue their commercial jihad on behalf of cab companies
The police have involved themselves very prominently in a civil dispute between Uber and other cab companies and are now shaking down passengers as they continue their jihad against Uber on behalf of cab companies.
Auckland police are questioning Uber passengers in their crack-down on the driver-on-demand system.
Holly, a 26-year-old woman who did not want her surname used, said she was in an Uber car at Auckland’s ferry terminal on Saturday.
A police officer in an unmarked police car stopped the car and questioned her telling the driver to stay away while she was grilled, she said. Holly said the officer pulled her aside and asked how she ordered the vehicle and whether they had agreed a set price before the journey.
When she said “it (the Uber app) tells me at the end”, the officer turned his attention to the driver.
Holly said the officer told her that Uber was illegal in New Zealand.
It’s not, but the manner of billing passengers is what has caused contention. Uber operates as a private hire service which means the fare has to be set at the time of booking, rather than using a meter.
Police have confirmed they have stopped several Uber drivers and charged them or issued them infringement notices for using their smartphone app as a meter – a breach that would make them subject to taxi regulations. Read more »