Who pays the tolls on the return trip on an Uber/Lyft ride?
The Guru Take
The driver pays unless he or she has another passenger for the return trip. There are exceptions
I assume you are referring to the return leg AFTER the passenger is dropped off. These tolls are paid by the driver unless there is another customer on the return trip. The passengers are not generally responsible for the bridge or tunnel tolls incurred while they are not in the vehicle. (Some drivers requst or demand the customers to pay for the return trip as well, in cash, but this is not legitimate.)
There are exceptions however. There are situations on certain bridges/tunnels, where the passenger must pay tolls for the return trip. These exceptions seem to be set for trips that take the driver out of his or her home territory AND where there is no toll on the outbound trip but there is on the return.
Great examples are:
- Taking Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. This bridge has no toll on the outbound trip from San Francisco, but there is for the return. In order for the driver to not get stuck footing the bill, only to return to his or her territory, the passenger pays for the toll.
- Taking one of the four bridges from Philadelphia to New Jersey. (Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Commodore Barry bridges) Tolls are incurred when traveling into Pennsylvania on these bridges; however, passengers who are traveling into New Jersey are charged tolls for the outbound trip.