Melnik Lyudmila quit driving for Uber and Lyft in New York City, saying the hours she spent behind the wheel weren’t worth the payout. Photo: Andrew Seng for The Wall Street Journal

Soaring gas prices are squeezing transportation businesses and setting off debates about who will foot the bill.

FedEx Corp., Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. imposed new or higher fuel surcharges on customers after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets. But local contractors who own the FedEx Ground delivery trucks and some U.S. drivers of the ride-share services are pleading with the companies for even more financial help.

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