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Mayor requests food delivery apps stop charging high fees to deliver meals from local restaurants

Posted at 5:51 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 17:51:16-04

BALTIMORE — On Friday, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young sent a formal letter to the four largest food delivery service apps (Door Dash, Postmates, Grubhub and Uber Eats), requesting they adjust their practice of charging higher rates for delivering meals from local restaurants to home-bound residents.

His letter seeks to cap at 15 percent the amount the companies charge restaurants for delivering meals to home-bound residents.

Locally, Young says there have been reports that food delivery apps are charging service fees as high as 30 percent.

The City is legally prohibited locally from imposing a cap on the fees the companies charge restaurants.

"We have stressed the life-or-death importance of our residents remaining indoors as much as possible, and many have come to rely on their access to meals through delivery apps," Mayor Young said. "We want to make sure that these companies are able to charge a reasonable rate per transaction without further burdening small businesses that are struggling to remain in business."