BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Gas prices are harming motorists – especially those who drive for a living.
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A local Uber driver who did not wish to be identified told WJZ: “I was spending $1,200 a month on gas for my car before gas prices skyrocketed.
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“I am $1,500 a month now,” said the Uber driver. “It’s a mortgage payment or a rent payment.”
The Uber driver, who asked not to be named, said he drives six to seven days a week and pays out of pocket for all the gas he uses.
“When you subtract the cost of buying a car, paying for it, your insurance, your gas, your time. . . how much money do you have left? Do you have anything left, really? ” asked the Uber driver.
Louis Goode also had to pay for gas. He works as a delivery driver for a pharmaceutical company, driving 200–300 miles a week.
That’s a $15 to $20 difference in a week, says Goode. “You definitely have to watch what you’re spending, cut a few things.”
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Drivers are concerned about a shortage of delivery and carpooling drivers because drivers won’t be able to afford it when gas prices rise.
“I’m worried for people who need the service because I think a lot of drivers will leave Uber and not take the rides because they’re not getting paid enough,” the Uber driver said.
Customers have the same interest.
“Honestly, I just feel like they’re going to lose their jobs,” said Baltimore resident Keiasia Robinson.
Goode said he experienced this spike in gasoline in 2008. He said as long as the price is below $8 a gallon, he will keep driving.
“I’m trying to stay optimistic because I have bills to pay,” said Goode.
WJZ contacted Lyft, DoorDash and Uber.
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All three companies told WJZ they offer rebate programs that drivers can sign up for to help them save some money on gas.
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