Get ready to pay more for your Uber rides and Uber Eats orders

Uber will soon add a temporary surcharge on fares and deliveries in the United States and Canada. This will help drivers offset the spike in gasoline prices.

Uber announced plans to add a temporary surcharge on fares and deliveries to the United States and Canada due to soaring gasoline prices. Gasoline prices rose across North America, reflecting the sharp rise in crude prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Conflict does not only take a heavy human toll. It is also affecting global businesses and driving crude prices to stratospheric levels.

The war in Ukraine is also proving to be a litmus test for social media companies, which prevent Russian state media and other Russian government agencies from spreading propaganda or monetizing their content. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have often been criticized for not doing enough to stop fake news and misinformation on their platforms, so their proactive stance during the dispute is proving to be somewhat of a welcome change.

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In a blog post this week, Uber announced that starting March 16, its customers will be charged an additional $0.45 or $0.55 on each Uber trip and $0.35 or $0.45 on each Uber Eats delivery under a temporary fuel surcharge. The company also said the amount will depend on customers’ location and that 100% of it will go directly to drivers and delivery partners. The policy will remain in place for the next 60 days, after which the company will reassess the situation and decide on its next course of action. The new plan, he believes, will help drivers and couriers offset high fuel costs without placing too heavy a burden on paying customers.


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Uber also added that it is using high gas prices to convince more drivers to switch to electric vehicles. This should not only free them from the worry of rising fuel costs, but also reduce emissions as part of the company’s goal to become a fully zero-emissions platform by 2040. Under the plan, Uber offered EV drivers an extra $1 per trip as an incentive to switch to greener technology. It also has an agreement with car rental company Hertz to offer Tesla vehicles as rental options to its drivers.

As crude oil prices galloped to record highs amid the war in Ukraine, average gas prices in the United States surged. According to AAA data, the nation’s average gas price was galloping toward the $5 mark, while the California average hit a national high of $5.73. While Uber’s decision to impose a surcharge should help drivers and couriers, people hope that the United States and its allies will be able to increase crude production and stabilize prices as soon as possible.


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Source: Uber, AAA

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