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Uber adding fuel charge to Lansing-area rides

Many Uber drivers are driving less
Uber is adding the fuel surcharge to help drivers cover the rising gas prices.
Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 5:19 PM EST
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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - The price for an Uber ride is going up soon. Starting next week Uber will be adding a fuel surcharge for every ride and delivery.

Uber is adding the fuel surcharge to help drivers cover the rising gas prices.

Many drivers in the Lansing area said they’re not taking rides after gas jumped to more than four dollars a gallon last week.

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“It’s not going to be practical for me,” said Ray Johnson, who’s been driving Uber for several years. He’s one who is cutting back. “It’s not economical. I understand people are trying to make a living, but at $4.25 a gallon, you can’t really make a living. If you’re making $13 an hour on a regular job, it takes you an hour just to buy three gallons of gas.”

That’s why Uber is charging an extra 55 cents on rides and 45 cents on deliveries to help cover the gas.

Johnson said that will only go so far in helping drivers.

“And then you have the wait time which is the biggest factor. You’re waiting anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes running your car. If you do that five times that’s 35 minutes you’re sitting there idling wasting gas,” said Johnson.

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Johnson said he’s more worried about other drivers who rely on working for uber.

“Gas is still going to go up. It’s not going to help you. The other thing I look at is everything is going to go up, so gas is going to be a minor inconvenience,” said Johnson.

The extra charge will be added to rides starting Wednesday.

Uber said it will re-evaluate the surcharge in 60 days.

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