‘It’s not worth my time’ as gas prices rise, food delivery people feel the sting

BOSTON — Gas in Massachusetts hit a new all-time high on Wednesday — $4.70 a gallon — up 26 cents in a week.

Rising gas prices mean that food deliveries are now more expensive for drivers and consumers.

“The money they give us is so low that it doesn’t even cover a quarter of a tank of gas,” said rideshare driver Steve Levin. He said he cut food deliveries because the profit margin had shrunk. “If someone wants something, it’s usually something small, it pays $2.25, maybe $5, so it’s definitely not worth my time.”

Other drivers agree – if fuel prices keep rising, there’s not much incentive to keep taking orders.

“What he does creates another cost for us. Our daily costs are already exorbitant,” said Brighton driver Rahim Abbasi.

Services such as Uber Eats and DoorDash recently added temporary fuel surcharges to reduce costs for drivers, but they say that’s not helping.

“It’s still not enough. Fifty-five cents is nothing,” Levin said.

And some customers who have to pay that tab say they now choose to get in their own car to save a few bucks.

“I probably noticed about a 15% increase in the total load of everything,” said Dylan Levinson, of Allston. “It’s much better if you can just go there, it helps more.”

Businesses are also feeling the effects. Big Daddy’s Pizza in Allston says 50% of its income depends on deliveries, and lately it has become much harder to find drivers. »

“Gasoline prices are everyone’s gas prices, but it’s harder to get drivers because gas prices are going up and people are making less money,” said the Big Daddy manager, Glenn Weinstein.