Uber Prices are going up, and there’s one reason for it – ridiculously high gas prices.
Starting Wednesday, a fuel surcharge is being added to help drivers for at least the next two months. The details are the following; you’ll pay 45 or 55 cents more per trip to take a ride, and either 35 or 45 extra cents for Uber Eats. The rates of the increase depending on your location, and Uber said all the additional fees go directly to drivers.
Here’s a quote from the head of driver operations for Uber, Liza Winship.
“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.”
Based on this increase, if an Uber driver in Los Angeles took ten trips during a day, they still would not be able to afford one single gallon of gasoline with the extra pay.
The surcharge will be in place for the next two months, and the company will continue to monitor gas prices to see if they keep it even longer.
Uber is trying to drive their drivers to electric vehicles, as they give incentives of up to a dollar per trip or $4,000 each year to drivers of EV vehicles.
As of Sunday, the national average for one gallon of gas was $4.32, shattering the all-time high of $4.11 per gallon back in 2008.