Uber Technologies Inc said Friday that US customers excluding New York City will have to pay a fuel surcharge starting March 16 as the ride-hailing company tries to allay concerns from drivers and couriers hit by record-high gas prices.
Customers must pay an additional fee of either 45 cents or 55 cents for each Uber ride and 35 cents or 45 cents for each Uber Eats order, depending on their location. The calculated money will go directly to the workers, Uber said.
The surcharge will last for a minimum of 60 days, after which adjustments will be made based on employee and customer feedback.
The move comes as many Uber drivers have taken to social media to protest high gas costs that have impacted their earnings even as the company has raised its profitability outlook, and some are questioning whether it’s still worth getting behind the wheel set.
Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a major oil producer, had paralyzed global oil trade and could push gasoline prices further.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/12/uber-to-roll-out-fuel-surcharge-in-united-states-amid-high-gas-prices/ Uber introduces a fuel surcharge in response to high gasoline prices in the US