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

Lyft to add temporary fuel surcharge to fares amid spike in gas prices
Lyft to add temporary fuel surcharge to fares amid spike in gas prices
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Lyft plans to add a temporary fuel surcharge to fares amid rising fuel prices around the country, the company confirmed to The Verge on Monday. Gas prices have spiked recently in part due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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

The surcharge will go into effect next week, the company said in a blog published Wednesday. Lyft will add $0.55 to each ride, which could be in part an incentive to coax drivers to use its…

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