Ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber are adding a temporary fuel surcharge to help drivers deal with rising gas prices, the companies have both confirmed.
Lyft hasn’t said how much more riders will pay per trip or when the surcharge will begin, but Uber’s surcharge is set to go into effect on Wednesday.
“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,” Lyft said in a statement. “We’ll share more details shortly.”
Uber’s fuel surcharge will be either $0.45 or $0.55 on each trip and either $0.35 or $0.45 on each Uber Eats order.
Like Lyft, Uber’s entire surcharge will go to drivers, who are responsible for paying out-of-pocket for the gas they use.
“We know that prices have been going up across the economy, so we’ve done our best to help drivers and couriers without placing too much additional burden on consumers,” Uber said in a statement.
The fees come in response to rapidly rising gas prices across the nation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The national average for a gallon of gas on Monday was $4.325, according to data from AAA. At the same time a year ago, the average was $2.859.