Transcript for Are some rideshare drivers working together to manipulate surge pricing?
The next time you order your ride home, check the surge. Ride shares operate on the law of supply and demand with prices surging during busy times. Drivers are protesting against what they see as unfair wages. Questions this morning about manipulated prices. Wait, wait. Reporter: Less than two minutes and a coordinated blackout. Don't go on. You on? You on? Refresh it. Reporter: Watch as Uber and Lyft drivers outside Reagan national airport in D.C. Manipulate their ride sharing apps to intentionally cause surge pricing passed directly to passengers. We know that airplane landed. They're going to surge by $10, $12, sometimes $19. Everyone will get the surge. Reporter: Tricking the system into thinking there are no drivers nearby waiting to go back online until prices skyrocket by up to $13. I stand by this corner and the other one is standing by this corner, and we just like, hey, turn the app off and then go online. Reporter: 50 drivers locked into that higher fare. It's like we work like a family, like a team. We do that every night. Reporter: These drivers claim they are regretfully doing it to offset low wages swinging back at their employers. What company is doing, they are actually defrauding all these people by taking 35%, 40%. Drivers are using a number of techniques to show that they have power and that they're an important part of the way those companies run. Reporter: Lyft tells ABC news intentionally causing surge pricing can lead to deactivation from the Lyft platform and Uber says this behavior is neither widespread or permissible. Experts say there are ways to protect yourself and your wallet. Sometimes all you have to do is move a block or even a few blocks and you'll actually see a very different price. A group that represents ride share drivers declined to comment on whether any of the drivers involved in this scheme have been penalized but both of the ride sharing apps are clear about how they feel about this. Passengers caught right in the middle of this paying the higher prices. But the drivers, you want to -- you don't want to defend defrauding anybody but when they feel they're not getting paid enough, not a living wage you can see the desperation. You can see the struggle happening for sure. As you said, drivers caught in the middle. Riders rather caught in the
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