Date
28 July 2017
An Uber driver (inset) has alleged that the company owes him HK$5,000, a media report said on Tuesday. Photos: nowTV, Apple Daily
An Uber driver (inset) has alleged that the company owes him HK$5,000, a media report said on Tuesday. Photos: nowTV, Apple Daily

Some drivers complain of Uber payment arrears: report

Some drivers of car-hailing service provider Uber Technologies are now said to be in a dilemma.

They claim that they have not been paid their share of fares for taking customers, and that they aren’t able to log in to their online accounts with the company, Apple Daily reported.

Uber owed each of them between HK$5,000 (US$645) and HK$7,000, the drivers said, adding that they have been unable to find an Uber staffer to address their grievance.

The company takes 20 percent out of the fares earned by its drivers and usually transfers the rest to the drivers’ bank accounts regularly once every week after the services.

But now some drivers claim that Uber has fallen into arrears.

While they are concerned, the drivers say they do not want to take any legal action, given the current regulatory issues surrounding Uber.

A lawsuit could bring their services under scrutiny and possibly lead to their arrests, the drivers said, referring to the action taken by authorities last week against some Uber drivers.

The police arrested seven Uber drivers last week on charges of providing illegal car-hire services and lacking proper insurance.

Apple Daily said in its report Tuesday that a driver has complained that Uber has misled them into thinking that the firm’s operations in Hong Kong are totally legal.

The paper said it tried to contact Uber but failed to get a response.

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