UberXL Drivers Can Receive UberXL Requests Only!
To counter the announcement of a nationwide rollout of Lyft Plus, Uber had an announcement of their own today. [Update, this feature is only in select markets so check with your local Uber office if this applies to your market.]
Starting today, UberXL drivers will have the chance to accept UberXL requests only by pressing a button. Before you log in, go to change vehicle and you will see two options:
- Your License Plate
- Your License Plate (XL)
Choose the second option for the XL request only. If you want to switch back, all you need to do is log off, then change vehicles on the Uber driver app, then go back online. Its that simple!
The email noted that many drivers requested this feature and this is a great addition to Uber. I would expect the Lyft app to have both types of request (Lyft and Lyft Plus) come through to a Lyft Plus driver.
This type of change is counter to the silent change made a week or two ago concerning how UberBlack and UberSUV drivers are receiving regular UberX and UberXL requests. Uber claims that driver earnings increased in that instance so they rolled it out to all of their partners without giving them a chance to decide. In that instance, it was an opt in where they either got X/XL requests or they didn’t. In this instance, you can choose on the fly which requests you get.
I can’t be sure of how this may impact earnings, whether you can increase it or not. I would guess that it may stay the same whichever you choose. One Uber driver I spoke to said about half of his requests were UberXL on a busy weekend night.
As always, drivers can simply ignore regular X requests but it may affect your statistics with Uber and can be grounds for termination. I have heard of a few drivers offboarded because they accepted too few requests.
UberXL drivers out there, have you seen this email yet?
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