The fees offered on the massive transport bill may have an impact on carpool drivers
COLORADO SPRINGS – The nearly $ 5.3 billion transportation financing bill that aims to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure over the next decade is now awaiting the signing of Governor Jared Polis.
Senate Bill 260 will impose a series of road user fees on the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel, deliveries, car rentals, electric vehicle registration and carpooling, to generate billions of dollars to help finance new and existing transportation projects. Most of the projected revenue is expected to come from gasoline and diesel royalties.
“I understood why they did it, but I feel like it’s going to really hurt the ridesharing community,” said Ryan Breakey, owner of Carpooling Co.
He’s been driving Uber and Lyft for the past five years and says the proposed fees will have a huge impact on the rideshare industry.
“It’ll be five years for me in June, so I’ve seen the ups and downs of driving for Uber and Lyft. I’m the kind of person who’s ready to ride the wave. For full-time drivers, when the gas goes on and different stuff like that, they’re the ones that are affected more than the ones doing it part-time, ”Breakey said.
With ridesharing services billed at 30 cents per trip and 15 cents per trip for carpools and electric vehicles, he is concerned about the impact this will have on passengers.
“Most customers won’t mind, but there are a lot of customers who use Uber and Lyft to get to points a and b,” Breakey said. “Some people think that taking Uber or Lyft is cheaper than owning a car and paying those payments.”
Breakey says the proposed charge, which includes a 2-cent-per-gallon charge on gasoline and diesel, could impact the number of drivers on the road.
“If gasoline continues to rise, it will only hurt the driver shortage and help it. Right now we are seeing a lot of drivers getting back on the road and a lot of new drivers signing up. goes up, soon those drivers who continued to drive during the pandemic will say it’s not worth it, ”Breakey said.
Mayor John Suthers said the measure would be key to providing much needed funds for large national and local transport projects.
“The fees generated go into the Highway User Trust Fund and are split between 60 and 40 local states. In 2023, we are forecasting an additional $ 7 million in Colorado Springs in HTFU dollars. This transport bill will therefore have an impact on the two highways in our State. The Pikes Peak area and that will mean more money for the town, ”Suthers said.
While the proposed fees may have an impact on the rideshare industry, Breakey says he supports the bill if it helps the state’s highways.
“If that helps the roads and keeps them in better condition, I totally agree,” said Breakey.
Carpool fees start in July 2022-2023. Runners’ costs will depend on how often they do a super lap or get a gate dash. The demographic estimates that people could pay about $ 8 more per year in total for deliveries for about 30 orders per year and about $ 1 to $ 2 more per year for carpooling (4 to 6 trips per year).