Transportation experts say Uber is using surge pricing to raise prices on pet transport vehicles.
Pet transport companies say they are paying the extra for their own cars, which they have to keep in storage.
They say their clients are paying higher prices because the company is trying to increase demand for their vehicles.
The company has denied that its surge pricing is for the purpose of raising prices.
Uber said it’s just an expedient method for charging extra fees.
The Pet Transport Association of Canada said it wants to see a national conversation on pet transportation pricing and how it can help customers.
“Pet transport vehicles are not only essential to the health of their owners, but are also a vital tool in helping pets get to where they need to go,” said Dr. David Fung, a veterinarian from the Association.
Fung said the increase in the cost of transportation can be as high as $150 per vehicle.
“We have a duty to do what we can to help the pet industry, and it’s a duty we’re going to have to pay our way,” he said.
Founded in 2011, the association represents thousands of pet transport owners and their animals.
Fong said some of the pet transport industry’s biggest problems include the rising cost of transporting pets and the increased cost of maintenance.
“In this day and age of technology, we can’t rely on the old way of doing things.
We have to find a better way to do it,” he explained.
Friedman said the increased costs for transporting pets is due to a number of factors, including the growth of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be able to do this, especially in cities like Vancouver,” he added.
Fucked said the association is also working on regulations that would help prevent the rising costs of pet transportation.
“The pet transport service industry is already suffering from the costs of higher fuel prices, and the rising surge pricing has been a huge factor in that,” he argued.
Pet Transport Association spokesperson Julie Macdonald said the industry is aware of the concerns, but says Uber and other ride-sharing apps are doing more than charging for fuel.
“They are creating a massive demand for our vehicles, which are used for transporting animals and their owners,” she said.
“And that demand is driving up prices for those pet transport services.
We know that surge pricing drives up the cost, and we’ve been trying to raise the prices for the last several months.”