To assist drivers and couriers, Uber has announced a temporary fuel surcharge on rides and deliveries.
As gas costs rise, Uber is making a temporary update to its riding and delivery apps to assist drivers and couriers.
According to CBS News, Uber has announced that a fuel surcharge will be added to trips and deliveries, with the amount varying depending on the region.
For the following 60 days, the business plans to raise prices by $0.45 to $0.55 per ride and $0.35 to $0.45 every delivery. The fee will be determined by the length of the trip as well as the cost of gas in the market where the trip is taking place.
“We know drivers and couriers are feeling the sting of record-high prices at the pump, so we’re putting out a temporary fuel tax to help,” said Liza Winship, Uber’s head of driver operations in the United States and Canada.
This consumer price will be applied to each ride or delivery and may vary by area, with 100% of the proceeds going to drivers and couriers.”
New York City is one of the places where the surcharge will not be charged. According to CBS, “drivers saw an upsurge on March 1st,” and that the majority of deliveries are made by bicycle couriers.
During the peak of the pandemic, when most of the country was on lockdown, the price of petrol dropped. As the mask mandates and lockdowns came to an end, gas costs began to rise again.
However, as a result of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, the United States has blocked Russian oil and gas imports, forcing gas prices to skyrocket.
According to CBS, gas prices touched a “record-high average of $4.33 per gallon” on Friday.
Uber is hoping that when gas prices rise, drivers would consider switching to electric vehicles. “Importantly, we’re also embracing this moment to enhance our efforts to assist drivers in making the conversion to electric vehicles,” Winship continued.