(AP) – Citing record gas prices, Uber is charging customers a new fuel levy to help offset the costs of delivery and delivery drivers.
The temporary surcharge will be 45 cents or 55 cents for each Uber trip and 35 cents or 45 cents for each Uber Eats order, depending on location, the company said Friday.
It will come into effect on Wednesday. All the money will go directly to drivers, San Francisco-based Uber said. The surcharge will be in effect for at least 60 days, after which Uber said it will assess the situation.
The surcharges are based on the average trip distance and the increase in gas prices in each state, Uber said.
As Russia’s war in Ukraine escalated, US gas prices soared to record highs. The average price of gasoline in the United States hit a record $4.17 a gallon this week as President Joe Biden banned imports of Russian oil, gas and coal in retaliation for the US invasion. ‘Ukraine.
The amount of U.S. gasoline in storage fell last week as demand begins to pick up as summer approaches. The increase in gas demand and the downward trend in stocks are also contributing to the rise in prices at the pump.
A spokesperson for Uber rival Lyft did not immediately respond to a question on Saturday whether it was considering a similar move.
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