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The Wall Street Journal: Uber adds a temporary fuel surcharge to offset high gas prices

Uber Technologies Inc. is imposing a temporary surcharge on U.S. customers to soften the blow to drivers from mounting gas prices.

The fuel surcharge goes directly to drivers, the ride-sharing and food-delivery company said Friday. It ranges from 45 cents to 55 cents for Uber
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riders and 35 cents to 45 cents for Uber Eats customers. The charge will be in effect for the next two months.

Harry Campbell, founder of The RideShareGuy, a popular blog for ride-hailing drivers, said Uber’s calculus might make sense for shorter trips—which the company says make up most of its rides—but discourages drivers from taking longer ones.

“That’s where you might waste a gallon or two of gas,” Campbell said. A fixed surcharge per trip regardless of distance traveled “isn’t enough,” he said.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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