TORONTO — Uber has introduced a new fee to help drivers and delivery people offset the cost of rising gas prices. 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. This fee will last for at least 60 days.
“We know drivers and delivery people are feeling the sting of higher prices at the pump, so we’re rolling out a temporary fuel surcharge to help address record gas prices,” says Laura Miller, head of Policy and Communications for Uber Canada. “This consumer surcharge will apply to rides and deliveries with 100 per cent going directly to drivers and delivery people. Our hope is that this temporary measure will help ensure earnings remain high for drivers and delivery people. We’ll continue to listen to feedback and make changes if needed.”
Long term, Uber continues to encourage drivers and delivery people to make the switch to electric vehicles as part of its commitment to operate a zero-emission platform globally by 2040, and in Canadian cities by 2030.