Here comes yet another aspect of the pain we are all feeling at the pump right now.

Starting (March 16), the next time you call Uber for a ride here in Sioux Falls be prepared to have it cost more.

The San Francisco-based company dropped that news on the nation on Friday.

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As Dakota News Now reports, starting on Wednesday, Uber will be instituting a new fuel fee surcharge to help offset the costs for their ride-hail and delivery drivers.

The hits just keep on coming!

Uber says the new surcharge will be a temporary one, hopefully lasting for no longer than 60 days. They plan to reassess the situation after that time.

How much more should we expect to pay?

According to Dakota News Now, the surcharge will be either 45 cents or 55 cents for each Uber trip and either 35 cents or 45 cents for each Uber Eats order.

The company says the surcharges will be based on average trip lengths and the cost of gasoline in each state. The extra fees will go directly to Uber drivers to help offset the additional fuel costs they are experiencing right now. A move like this was bound to be inevitable, as rideshare companies have been losing drivers as of late due to increased fuel costs.

Russia's war in Ukraine has further intensified rising gas prices here in the U.S. that had already been going up for several months prior to the start of the conflict.

Dakota News Now says, there is still no word from Uber's primary competitor, Lyft, if they too plan to follow suit and institute a surcharge of their own.

Source: Dakota News Now 


20 Years of Gas Prices' Ups and Downs

'Gas prices: giving us something to talk about with our coworkers for 20 years.' I don't remember where I first heard it, but that's the perfect way to describe all the pointless complaining sessions we all have taken part in over the years.

I don't much attention to the price of gas. Admittedly I do not work in a field that directly relies on equipment that takes gallons and gallons of gas. But, as an average car driver, I'm just going to pay whatever it costs. 

It's not that I don't care, I just know I don't have a choice. I'm going to need gas, so I'm going to pay whatever they charge. Kids gotta get to school and I gotta get to work. The only real choice is to drive or not to drive. Walking the ten-mile round trip to work every day is impractical, especially during one of South Dakota's patented six-month winters. 

Besides being low-key annoying, complaining about the price of gas is dumb because I remember things. Like that the price of gas has been up and down for at least 20 years. 2021 is no better or worse than 2003. It takes at least $40 to fill my tank this year just like it did in 2017.

But, why not dig into the photo archives and find some proof of memory. Because news stories about gas prices are the pointless small talk of journalism, there are lots of pictures of gas station signs from the last couple of decades. 

Starting in 2000 we can see that rise and fall of gas prices in the United States. World events, natural disasters, and economic changes all affect the price. And all through those years, I paid what was charged. 

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