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Lyft joins Uber to charge customers extra for fuel when gas prices are high

FILE PHOTO: Uber and Lyft drivers demonstrate in California for basic workers' rights
FILE PHOTO: An empty Lyft pickup area is shown as rideshare drivers hold a rally as part of a nationwide day of action to demand that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft obey California laws and grant drivers “basic labor rights” Los Angeles, California, USA, August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

March 14, 2022

(Reuters) – Lyft Inc on Monday joined Uber Inc in imposing a fuel surcharge on customer journeys to cushion the impact of higher fuel costs on drivers’ pockets.

“Overall driver earnings remain high compared to last year, but with the rapid increase in gasoline prices, we will ask drivers to pay a temporary fuel surcharge that goes entirely to drivers,” Lyft said in a statement Monday.

Last week, Uber said U.S. customers, with the exception of New York City, will have to pay a fuel surcharge starting March 16 to address the same concerns.

The move comes as motorists took to social media to protest high gas costs after Western sanctions paralyzed global oil trade after Russia, a major oil producer, invaded Ukraine and could push gas prices further.

(Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru and Tina Bellon in Austin, Texas; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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