Mexico is approaching the end of its six-month-long dry season, and pollution in the capital is high. On bad days, to ease the fumes, the Mexico City authorities order 20% of the cars off the road, by banning those with certain license plates. On really bad days, it’s 40%.
Today was a 40% day. And people are getting really mad.
The partial vehicle ban means more people are looking for taxis and car services like Uber. But it also means there are fewer Uber drivers on the road. The inevitable law of supply and demand has pushed up the company’s infamous “surge pricing” to the kinds of levels you typically see on New Year’s eve anywhere else. Among those venting their rage on Twitter is a prominent soccer player, complaining that a one-hour trip cost him 1,400 pesos ($79).
- Mexico City: pollution up, surge price up.