No Car? You Still Can’t Escape Higher Gas Prices

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That’s how many days—at least—customers of Uber and Uber Eats will have to pay a surcharge for higher gasoline prices, showing how long fuel is expected to stay expensive, and that even people who don’t own a car will feel the sting. 

The temporary surcharge—45 to 55 cents for each Uber ride, and 35 to 45 cents for an Uber Eats food delivery—will start on Wednesday and be reassessed in 60 days, Uber said in a recent press release. The money will go to help drivers offset the price of gas, and New York City, where most food is delivered by bike, is excluded. 

Lyft is also planning a temporary fuel surcharge soon, but didn’t offer details. 

The national average for a gallon of gas jumped 72 cents to a record high of $4.33 a gallon in the first 11 days of March, before leveling off over the weekend, according to AAA. Gig drivers have said the surging prices make it harder to make ends meet.

Lyft said higher prices in the last year had forced its drivers’ gas costs up by an average of 75 cents per hour, as of last week.  

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

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