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Ride-hailing drivers are slaves to the surge

Apps set early-morning and late-night surge prices to lure drivers to areas with more requests than available cars

Mr Santos, who accepts passengers through several ride-hailing apps, in his van in New York last week. He scans for daily or even hourly surges and determines which app has the most profitable deal.

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EVERY weekday at 5.30am, Uziel Santos, 48, leaves for work. Like most drivers for ride-hailing apps in New York, he is drawn by early-morning surge prices, and those closest to his home in Astoria, Queens, are on the upper East Side of Manhattan, where children and parents book

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