Uber Announces Temporary Fuel Surcharge

Uber has announced a new fee to help drivers and delivery people offset the cost of record-high gas prices beginning Wednesday, March 16. Rideshare riders will pay a $0.50 surcharge on every ride and, on Uber Eats where trips are shorter, consumer fees will be adjusted to cover the equivalent of a $0.35 surcharge on every delivery. 100% of the surcharge will go directly to drivers and delivery people. The fee is temporary but will last for at least the next 60 days. Uber plans to continue to monitor the gas price situation over the coming weeks and months and will likely make changes to the surcharge.

The temporary fee is designed to reduce the burden of high gas prices, not to cover the full cost of a tank. Earnings on the platform remain elevated compared to historical trends. However, Uber knows that increases at the pump have impacted earnings of drivers and delivery people. 

Long term, Uber continues to work to encourage drivers and delivery people to make the switch to electric vehicles, which will both limit the impact of the volatility in fuel prices and lower emissions. Uber has made a commitment to operate a zero-emission platform globally by 2040, and in Canadian cities with supportive policies—like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver—by 2030. 

  • Earlier this year, Uber announced a partnership with Plug’n Drive to create and offer webinars as well as host test drive opportunities for drivers. This will give drivers the opportunity to learn about the total cost of owning an EV and the benefits of making the switch from gas to electric. 
  • Last fall Uber announced a partnership with Greenlots, a member of Shell Group, to create three new charging stations in Vancouver to increase EV charger access exclusively for drivers and delivery people on the Uber platform. It will offer discounted rates to make public charging more affordable than charging at home. 
  • Drivers who switch to EVs can enjoy higher earnings potential due to Uber’s Green Future Program, which provides incentives – such as $1 more per trip up to $4,000 annually – for drivers to transition from gas-powered vehicles to EVs.

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