Uber is testing a new feature that will give some drivers in California a chance to earn more money. The experiment comes after the state's went into effect earlier this month.
Drivers in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento who pick up passengers from an airport can set their own fares instead of using the Uber-estimated fare, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. This is part of a test by the ride-hailing company to give drivers more control of their rates, which can increase up to five times the standard fare.
"Since AB5 (Assembly Bill 5) has gone into effect, we've made a number of product changes to preserve flexible work for tens of thousands of California drivers," Uber said in an emailed statement Tuesday. "We're now doing an initial test of additional changes which would give drivers more control over the rates they charge riders."
, known as the gig-worker bill, passed in September and took effect Jan. 1. Companies such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash that make use of independent contractors to handle their services will now be subject to a on whether the , which could entitle them to benefits like overtime pay and health insurance.
Leading up to the law taking effect,, arguing that AB 5 is unconstitutional and unfairly targets gig economy companies and workers. Uber has also said the bill could put drivers out of work and result in longer wait times for passengers.