Lyft’s new fuel surcharge will be added to passenger fees starting next week

Lyft said Wednesday it will add a $0.55 fuel surcharge to the price of each ride starting next week in an effort to help its drivers offset rising fuel costs.

The company told The Hill in an email that the full amount will go directly to drivers.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said, “Recent gas price increases are making all types of transportation more expensive. And that has a direct effect on drivers. So, starting next week, Lyft adds a $0.55 fuel surcharge to each ride and will go directly from riders to drivers – 100% of it.”

The popular ride-sharing company added that drivers can expect this extra revenue for at least the next 60 days.

“We will continue to monitor gas prices, listen to the impact on drivers and find ways to support them as things evolve,” the statement added.

However, drivers in New York and Nevada will not receive this fuel surcharge next week.

New York City just raised the minimum income standard for drivers by 5.3% in early March due to increased expenses, so the surcharge won’t apply there, the company said. .

The statement adds that Nevada regulatory requirements “prevent us from rolling out the surtax immediately.” Lyft said it is working hard to bring the additional charges to drivers as soon as possible.

This follows an announcement on Monday that Lyft will ask passengers to pay a temporary fuel surcharge to help offset rising gas prices.

Last week, Lyft rival Uber announced a similar fuel surcharge for rides starting Wednesday. Customers will pay an additional $0.45 or $0.55 for Uber rides and an additional $0.35 or $0.45 for Uber Eats orders. The total amount will go directly to the drivers.

It comes as drivers across the country face record high prices at the pumps. The national average gasoline price was $4.31 a gallon on Wednesday, according to AAA data. It hit a record $4.43 a gallon on Saturday.

Earnest L. Veasey