Apart from the abysmally low rates of payment to Uber drivers, there are a couple of fare issues which come to mind and require consideration. GST Uber drivers pay 10% of the fare charged to riders, BEFORE Uber's cut of 25%. So the drivers pay GST for Uber, AND for the rider. The GST is a tax that is supposed to be paid by the CONSUMER of goods and services. Hence, the GST should be charged to the rider, who is the consumer, not to the driver. Driver shafted again. Or am I missing something ? Empty Kilometres I have coined this phrase to describe the kilometres that a driver has to drive to pick up a rider, and eventually return to base after a ride/rides. The "empty kilometres" of course depend on the area the driver is operating in, and perhaps in central Melbourne, may not be much of an issue. But in outlying areas these can be significant. It is not uncommon to have to drive 15 kms to pick up a rider, and just hope like hell that the rider's destination is towards the driver's home base. Granted though that the driver can choose not to accept such rides, but might there be consequences for the driver rejecting such ride requests ? In this real life example over a couple of weeks of driving, the kilometres logged are as follows: Total kilometres driven = 1930 Paid kilometres = 1075 Hence, empty kilometres = 1930 - 1075 = 855 Or 44% of the total kilometres driven is unpaid. An even more alarming statistic is that the empty kilometres is roughly 80% of paid kilometres (855/1075*100 = 79.5%) in this case. However, as noted before, this number is dependent on the location of the driver. Possibly in central Melbourne this figure might be much lower. If drivers have kept track of them, it would be interesting to know what these empty kilometres are for different parts of Melbourne. Could this scenario be covered by a nominal surge rate ? Or perhaps a pickup fee when the rider is more than a given distance away, say more than 4 or 5 km ? Something else ? Or is it something that we must just accept ? Just a thought.