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DoorDash introduces gas rewards program to drivers amid price hikes

DoorDash introduces gas rewards program to drivers amid price hikes

DoorDash Inc.’s delivery person arranges. An order is placed in the back of a car outside the DoorDash Kitchens location in Redwood City, California, U.S., on Friday, November 29, 2019.

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food delivery company DoorDash Takes steps to try to help drivers offset higher fuel prices, unlike shared-ride apps Uber And the Liftsays the additional costs will not be passed on to consumers.

DoorDash said Tuesday that all U.S. delivery drivers will be eligible for a 10% cashback on gas with a prepaid Business Visa debit card. The online delivery service said they’ll earn cash any time they use the card, even when they’re not working.

“Over the past few weeks, prices at pumps have skyrocketed around the world, and for drive-thru dashes, this economic reality presents unique and unprecedented challenges,” the company said in a statement. statment.

Oil prices reached $130 a barrel last week, driving up retail gasoline prices across the country. The average cost of regular unleaded gas in the United States is $4.32 per gallon, according to American Automobile Associationwith the price in California, Home of DoorDash, rising to $5.75 a gallon.

Uber and Lyft lately announce They do add a temporary surcharge to the passenger. Uber trips The company said last week that its fees are between 45 cents and 55 cents, and deliveries on Uber Eats will include 35 cents to 45 cents. Lyft has not specified how much it will charge the passenger overtime.

A DoorDash spokesperson told CNBC that the company is taking a different approach.

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“We know Dashers are not the only ones experiencing pain at the pump, and we are not passing on the cost of these programs to consumers at this time,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

DoorDash also announced a weekly gas bonus for those who frequently drive at their jobs, saying,Hobos who accept orders totaling 100 miles in the car and complete them will earn an additional $5.”

The cash rewards program will begin on March 17, the company said, and the waiver will remain in place “at least until April.”

“We will continue to monitor gas prices, listen to the Dasher community, and seek feedback as we develop these programs and explore additional resources in the coming weeks and months,” the company said.

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