Lyft and Uber levy ‘fuel surcharge’ on customers amid high gas prices

On March 14, 2022, Lyft Inc decided to join ride share competitor Uber Inc in levying a ‘fuel surcharge’ on customer rides due to the higher gas prices drivers are facing.

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On Monday, Lyft said “Driver earnings overall remain elevated compared to last year, but given the rapid rise in gas prices we’ll be asking riders to pay a temporary fuel surcharge, all of which will go to drivers,”

Similarly, Uber rolled out a similar fuel surcharge on customers in the United States beginning on March 16, 2022. 

In a statement, Uber said “We know that you’ve felt the sting of record-high gas prices, which has affected how much you’re able to earn on Uber. In an effort to reduce the burden of high fuel costs, we are rolling out a temporary fuel surcharge to support drivers and couriers. 100% of this new surcharge will go directly to you.”

The surcharge includes a fee of either 45 cents or 55 cents on each Uber trip and 35 cents or 45 cents on each Uber Eats order, depending on their location.

Uber says this policy will remain in place for at least 60 days. After that, the company will make adjustments based on feedback from workers and customers. 

“The surcharge is temporary for the next 60 days, but we will continue to monitor gas prices and may make additional changes.”

Uber then told its drivers that in the “long term” the “key to reducing the impact of gas prices… is to make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

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