Lyft adds temporary fuel surcharge to fares amid spike in gas prices

Lyft plans to add a temporary fuel surcharge to fares amid rising fuel prices across the country, the company confirmed The edge on Monday. Gas prices have risen sharply recently, partly as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“We have been closely monitoring rising gas prices and their impact on our driver community,” Lyft spokesman CJ Macklin said in a statement. “Drivers’ earnings generally remain high compared to last year, but given the rapid rise in gas prices, we will be asking drivers to pay a temporary fuel surcharge, all of which will go to the drivers.”

The surcharge will take effect next week, the company reports in a blog published on Wednesday. Lyft adds $0.55 to each ride, which may be part of an incentive to persuade drivers to use its service through Uber. Uber announced its own surcharge last week, but it will be “either $0.45 or $0.55” depending on a rider’s location. However, the surcharge does not apply in New York City, and in Nevada, the company plans to bring it to drivers as soon as possible.

Lyft’s fee is for “at least” the next 60 days. As with Uber, the surcharge also applies if a ride is made in an electric vehicle. Lyft also offers drivers an increased 4 to 5 percent cash back on gas through June 30 if they use the Lyft Direct debit card.

Update March 16, 4:22 PM ET: Added details from Lyft published Wednesday.

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