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Lyft adds 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 across the country, the company confirmed The edge on Monday.

“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 higher than 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. We will share more details soon.”

Lyft is following Uber in announcing a temporary fuel surcharge as gas prices have risen, in part due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Uber’s ride surcharge adds “either $0.45 or $0.55 to each Uber ride,” depending on a rider’s location, according to Uber’s blog on the change.

Like Uber, Lyft says the surcharge goes entirely to the drivers. The Uber surcharge even applies if an electric vehicle ride is made, but it’s unclear whether that also applies to the Lyft surcharge.

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