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New York City to Uber: Let People Tip Your Drivers

New York City to Uber: Let People Tip Your Drivers

Drivers hope that creating the in-app option will make tips more customary, potentially significantly raising their take-home pay.

New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) unveiled a proposal Monday requiring vehicle services that take only credit cards for payment to let customers add a gratuity. "We are hopeful that the order will be effectively enforced and that action is taken against any person who attempts to block cars, confiscate devices or harass riders and drivers and that the safety of everyone using the Uber App in Delhi is ensured". "This rule proposal will be an important first step to improve earning potential in the for-hire vehicle industry, but it is just one piece of a more comprehensive effort to improve the economic well-being of drivers".

What about you, reader?

Uber does have an automatic tipping option for its Uber Taxi service in Chicago, but it's fairly hidden, and drivers in other cities and on other Uber services have up to now been more or less out of luck. So drivers only make their cut of the Uber fare, no more. Last year, it agreed to give tacit approval for drivers to seek tips as part of a legal settlement-while also distributing academic research arguing that customs surrounding tipping were arbitrary at best and discriminatory at worst.

"We won a leap forward", the Independent Drivers Guild tweeted on Monday. New York City might be forcing a change in policy, however.

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"Tipping is not included, nor is it expected or required", Uber said the statement. The company, in a statement, said it had not seen the proposal yet but that it was "constantly working" to improve opportunities for drivers.

While the TLC has been careful not to name specific companies, the guild clearly designed its rule with Uber in mind.

Uber said it had introduced "a series of new tools and support policies for drivers" in NY.

"New York City's professional drivers have traditionally depended on gratuities for a substantial portion of their income", Conigliaro, a machinists union official, said.

Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the drivers guild, told The Huffington Post that surveys indicate in-app tipping is a "top issue" for drivers. That said, other respondents still tip what they want regardless of suggested tip amounts or the presence of a "no tip" option. Jim Conigliaro, the drivers guild's founder, said on a call with reporters that the group is also interested in regulations that would require Uber to pay a living wage or cap the number of Uber drivers in NY so that those on the roads will have an easier time making a living.


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