If you need to grab an Uber and Lyft anytime soon, be prepared to pay more for your ride. Both companies have announced they’re adding a temporary surcharge to deal with the spike in gas prices nationwide.
According to CNet, Lyft said in a statement that “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’s move follows a similar one by its competitor, Uber, which announced surcharges between $0.35 and $0.55 on Uber trips and Uber Eats orders for at least the next 60 days. Uber’s surcharges start today and, like Lyft, all charges will go to drivers to cover gas.
According to CNet, AAA says the average price for a gallon of gas is $4.33. California is the state with the highest right now at $5.74, with Hawaii next behind at $5 a gallon. Is a surcharge fair for customers? If you are a driver, how badly have the higher gas prices hit you? Do you prefer Lyft or Uber?
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