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Uber charging customers new fuel fee for rides, delivery

Mar 12, 2022, 4:11 PM | Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 9:26 pm
FILE - The Uber logo is displayed on a car on March 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Uber Tec...
FILE - The Uber logo is displayed on a car on March 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Uber Technologies Inc. announced that it has selected the New York Stock Exchange for its much anticipated initial public offering that could be one of the top five IPOs in history. The listing could value the ride sharing company at over $120 billion. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Citing record-high prices for gasoline, Uber is charging customers a new fuel fee to help offset costs for ride-hail and delivery drivers.

The temporary surcharge will be either 45 cents or 55 cents for each Uber trip and either 35 cents or 45 cents for each Uber Eats order, depending on location, the company announced Friday.

It will take effect on Wednesday. All the money will go directly to drivers, San Francisco-based Uber said. The surcharge will be in effect for at least 60 days, after which Uber said it will assess the situation.

The surcharges are based on the average trip distance and the increase in gas prices in each state, Uber said.

As Russia’s war in Ukraine has intensified, U.S. gas prices have reached record levels. The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit a record $4.17 a gallon this week as President Joe Biden banned imports of Russian oil, gas and coal in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.

The amount of U.S. gasoline in storage fell last week as demand starts to increase with summer approaching. The increase in gas demand and the lower trend in inventories also are contributing to rising prices at the pump.

A spokesperson for Uber rival Lyft didn’t immediately respond to a question Saturday on whether it was considering a similar move.

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Uber charging customers new fuel fee for rides, delivery