Lyft Follows Uber as Both Announce New Surcharges, Fees Due to Gas Price Hikes
Both rideshare companies announced new surcharges due to increased prices on gas.
Gas prices have reached astronomical highs, with many states breaking records for highest recorded average prices per gallon ever in the U.S.
Many have wondered if these increases in fuel prices would affect rideshare companies and their ever-fluctuating rates and from the looks of it, the answer is unfortunately a resounding yes.
Late last Friday, Uber announced that it would be rolling out surge rates in an effort to offset skyrocketing fuel prices across the country.
The new prices will roll out on Wednesday, with an additional charge of $0.45 or $0.55 for Uber rides and $0.35 to $0.45 for Uber Eats drivers.
The surcharge fees will go directly to drivers indwell be based off of the average trip distance and gas prices in each state.
"We know that prices have been going up across the economy, so we've done our best to help drivers and couriers without placing too much additional burden on consumers," Uber wrote in a statement. "Over the coming weeks we plan to listen closely to feedback from consumers, couriers and drivers. We'll also continue to track gas price movements to determine if we need to make additional changes."
The fees will reportedly last for 60 days until the situation is reassessed.
Shortly thereafter, rival company Lyft followed suit, announcing that it would also be rolling out a temporary surcharge for rides with more details to follow in the coming days.
"We've been closely monitoring rising gas prices and their impact on our driver community," Lyft spokesperson CJ Macklin explained to The Verge in a statement. "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."
Lyft's surcharges will add $0.55 to ride receipts and will last for 60 days.
The fees will not be applicable in New York City since the city raised its minimum earnings standard earlier this month by 5.3% in order to offset increased expenses. It will also not be applicable in Nevada due to regulations that don't permit an immediate rollout of the surcharge.
Drivers who operate electronic vehicles will also receieve the surcharge earnings in order to allow for fair and equal earning opportunities amongst all drivers with the company.
"Recent gas price increases are making all types of transportation more expensive. And this has a direct effect on drivers," Lyft said in a statement viewed by Entrepreneur. "This will help offset fuel costs, which also helps more drivers stay on the road."
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