We’ve (maybe) all been there — night out of drinking with friends and one of your friends acts a fool in the Uber ride home. Consequently, the driver hits you with a negative rating. Unfortunately, in this scenario, you could be banned from using Uber for 6 months in New Zealand and Australia. And you have to think that the company is piloting this policy in other countries before migrating it over to places like the US and Europe.

If you’re living in one of these countries, this new policy will take place on September 19th.

According to Gary, Uber is already enforcing this policy in Brazil.

Getting a negative review is dependent upon how drivers rate you. If you have 100 rides and 3 drivers rate you a 1 or 2 star, chances are you won’t hit the 4.0 low mark. Instead, it will take multiple 1-2 star ratings to get to that point, and if you are consistently that bad of a rider, it’s probably a better idea for you to find other modes of transportation anyway.

With that said, I would be curious to know whether drivers are able to rate riders prior to the rider rating the driver. I’m concerned that if I don’t leave a tip or don’t give the best rating and the driver isn’t pleased, he/she may give me a negative remark just because.

(Thanks, Gilbert)

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