Lyft Joins Uber in Adding Temporary Fuel Surcharge

“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 spokesperson CJ Macklin said.
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Lyft announced that they will be adding a temporary fuel charge to ride fares, joining Uber as one of the ride-share companies to do so amid the dramatic rise in gas prices.

“We’ve been closely monitoring rising gas prices and their impact on our driver community,” Lyft spokesperson CJ Macklin said in an emailed 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.”

No information regarding the specifics of the prices has been released, though the company said to expect more details soon. The decision comes as a relief to those who drive for a living and have felt the full effects of the gas price changes.

According to the American Automobile Association, in California, the average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline sits at $5.74 and $5.82 for Los Angeles County.

As compared to last year, those numbers have both seen a roughly 49 percent increase, previously at $3.83 and $3.89 respectively.

Prices were already on a dramatic rise due to consistent supply chain issues as a result of COVID, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine made them skyrocket.

Gas prices in LA County have been rising significantly, but Monday marked the smallest increase during a 20-day streak of increases. In that same period, the price rose by $1.04, setting 20 consecutive record highs.

The average price is currently 39.8 cents more than it was a week ago and $1.06 higher than a month ago.

Lyft’s Fellow ride-share company, Uber, announced last week that there would be a temporary fuel surcharge beginning Wednesday.

“While earnings on our platform remain elevated compared to historical trends, the recent spike in gas prices has affected rideshare and delivery drivers,” Uber said in their statement. “To help reduce the burden, we are rolling out a temporary fuel surcharge.”

The surcharge will swap between $0.45 or $0.55 each trip, and $0.35 or $0.45 for Uber Eats orders, depending on the customer’s location.

They added that the surcharge will remain for at least 60 days and then be reevaluated. 100% of the money made from the additional charges is said to go “directly to workers’ pockets.”


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