NYC Will Require Uber App To Allow Tipping (Eventually)

What has made things worse this time is the fact that rivals of Ola Uber drivers kaali-peeli taxi operators have joined hands

What has made things worse this time is the fact that rivals of Ola Uber drivers kaali-peeli taxi operators have joined hands

The Independent Drivers Guild, which is affiliated with the Machinists Union, collected more than 11,000 signatures on a petition calling on Uber to add tipping to its app. "Of course, if you want to tip your driver-we estimate riders offer tips on only a very small number of trips-you're free to do so, and drivers are free to accept".

New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) unveiled a proposal Monday requiring auto services that take only credit cards for payment to let customers add a gratuity. The average UberX driver in the state earned between $23 and $24.50 an hour in October 2015, but after expenses like gas and vehicle insurance, the typical driver in NY was left with a bit more than $19 an hour. "The exploitation of ride-hailing drivers must end, and this is an important first step", he said.

What about you, reader?

If Uber offered a tipping prompt in its app, drivers in NY could reasonably expect another $4 to $6 an hour-a 21% to 32% increase over $19.

IDG, which formed last May, is a coalition of 50,000 drivers for companies like Uber, Lyft and Juno.

The feature would be similar to the electronic credit card tips that New Yorkers are able to give cab drivers.

Officials say tipping would also improve transparency for drivers to see how their paychecks are calculated. I hand over a few dollars, the driver is usually pretty appreciative, and I get to feel like a good person.

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Welcoming the court order, Uber in a statement said it hopes it will enable drivers to stay behind the wheel, without fear or harassment.

Rival services such as Lyft already offer a tipping option.

"We have zero tolerance for any impaired driving", she said, citing Uber's "community guidelines", which state that any driver found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the job will be "permanently deactivated" from the network.

Once the commission officially proposes the change, it must be certified by the city's law department and subjected to public comment.

Uber says it looks forward to reviewing the proposal and improving their drivers' work conditions. Meanwhile, Uber sought to undermine the very notion of tipping.

In its announcement Monday, the TLC said the tipping options would be "platform agnostic" and apply to all so-called for-hire vehicles, which provide prearranged rides and include ride-hail, community livery and black-car services.

The petitions were moved after hundreds of drivers with Uber and Ola went on indefinite strike from February 10 in Delhi-NCR to protest against "low fares" and the "lack" of basic amenities from the two app-based cab companies. And of course, people who ride in taxis can tip with their credit cards or cash.

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