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Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Take-Home Pay Plummets as Gas Prices Soar

  • Fuel costs eat up as much as 60% of some drivers’ earnings now
  • Drivers sign petition asking companies to step in to help


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Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are feeling the pain at the pump as the war in Ukraine drives gas prices in the U.S. to an all-time high. 

When Phillipe Jean, 45, filled up his tank to drive for Uber on Sunday night, the price per gallon was $4.19, an “unfathomable,” figure he said. Seven hours later, it jumped to $4.45. “I’m barely breaking even and I’m driving a Prius,” Jean said. The Easton, Pennsylvania-based driver, who began working on rideshare apps four years ago, said fuel costs eat up about 10% of his take-home pay on average. Today, it’s about 60%.