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Uber tests feature allowing some California drivers to set fares – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) on Tuesday said it is testing a feature that allows some drivers in California to set their own fares, hoping the change will help it show that its drivers are independent contractors rather than employees under state law.

Uber drivers ferrying passengers from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento can now charge up to five times the fare set by the company, Uber said.

The company in a statement said it has made these and several other product changes to preserve flexible work for its drivers since California’s new law designed to improve working conditions in the gig economy went into effect this year.

“We’re now doing an initial test of additional changes which would give drivers more control over the rates they charge riders,” Uber said.

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