Amid the mass spike in gas prices around the country, Uber has introduced a new fuel surcharge for customers.
Uber is responding to the national rise in prices, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, and has announced the temporary surcharge for it’s ride and food delivery apps.
According to CNBC, riders who utilize Uber for transportation will pay a fee of $0.45 to $0.55 per trip, while Uber Eats delivers will also include a $0.35 to $0.45 surcharge.
Uber says that the fees are temporary and will last for at least two months, detailing that the fees will go to drivers, who are solely responsible for paying for the gas they use while working for Uber.
Uber said that it is encouraging its drivers to use electric vehicles, and Uber drivers can make as much as $4,000 more per year for switching to an electric vehicle.
The surcharges will vary based on trip distance and the gas prices per state, and it won’t apply in New York City, as drivers already received a 5.4% pay increase as of March 1st.
“While earnings on our platform remain elevated compared to historical trends, the recent spike in gas prices has affected rideshare and delivery drivers. To help reduce the burden, we are rolling out a temporary fuel surcharge,” Liza Winship, Uber’s Head of Driver Operations for the U.S. and Canada, said in a blog post issued on Friday.