Uber and DoorDash End Programs that Helped Drivers Offset High Fuel Prices
Uber and DoorDash both launched gas-subsidy programs for their delivery drivers as gas prices spiked around the country and the world. But as gas prices increased around 12% in the past month, the two companies are ending those programs. Uber plans to keep a gas surcharge for its ride-hailing service.
Uber is ending a program that added a fuel surcharge to help delivery drivers offset the cost of gas, Business Insider reports. The 45 cents surcharge will end on June 15. Uber customers will continue to pay a surcharge of $0.55 per Uber ride.
“We are extending the gas surcharge until June 15th for Eats couriers, but do not plan to continue it past that date,” an Uber spokesperson told Insider. “This change will not affect drivers on Uber rides who will continue to get the gas surcharge as we evaluate alternative options. Uber’s platform makes it easier for drivers who have been delivering food to make the switch and start picking up and dropping off riders.”
DoorDash on the other hand already stopped paying weekly gas bonuses for delivery workers who drove more than 100 miles in a week. That promotion ended on April 30th.
The average cost of gas in the US is $4.60 a gallon for regular grade. That’s up 12% from the price a month ago, which was already a record high.
Uber and DoorDash still offer some gas savings for drivers. Both companies have partnered with GetUpside, an app that offers cash back to offset the cost of gas. DoorDash also extended its debit-card program that gives drivers cash back when they use the card at the pump.