| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Uber to roll out fuel surcharge in United States amid high gas prices

Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday that customers in the United States, excluding New York City, will be charged a fuel surcharge beginning March 16, as the ride-hailing company tries to address the concerns of drivers and couriers affected by record high gasoline prices.

Customers will be charged a surcharge fee of 45 cents or 55 cents per Uber trip and 35 cents or 45 cents per Uber Eats order, depending on their location. According to Uber, the money charged will go directly to the workers.

The surcharge will be in effect for at least 60 days, after which it will be adjusted based on employee and customer feedback.

The move comes as many Uber drivers have been protesting on social media over high gas costs that have been eating into their earnings even as the company raised its profitability outlook, with some asking if it was still worth getting behind the wheel.

Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a major oil producer, had crippled global oil trade and could further lift gasoline prices.

  • Reuters