You may have to start tipping your Uber driver

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

Drivers have extensively campaigned for the option, rating the issue as their top concern in a survey last summer conducted by the Independent Drivers Guild, a non-union worker body backed by Uber and affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Uber agreed to the terms, but a judge later rejected the settlement as being not generous enough to drivers.

Rules on tipping are a first step in a larger process to bring some of the income protections given to yellow taxi drivers to those in the for-hire world, the commission said in a statement. "The exploitation of ride-hailing drivers must end, and this is an important first step", he said.

The bill was drafted after a petition from the Independent Drivers Guild, who represents New York City Uber drivers, argued that employees were losing out on thousands of dollars in potential tips due to the lack of an option to add a tip in the app. The taxi commission has the authority to initiate rulemaking on its own, but rules must be certified by city legal authorities. But it did not make in-app tipping standard and other research suggest that most people would rather not tip their Uber driver.

The proposed rule is supposed to be formally introduced by July. Anecdotally speaking, part of the reason some of my friends prefer Uber to other rideshare services is precisely because they don't have to tip.

"We have not seen the proposal and look forward to reviewing it", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

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Uber India had moved court in February accusing the striking drivers of blocking cabs of drivers who had not joined the strike, confiscating their devices and hampering their legitimate business. Although the company is vaguely okay with cash tipping - how would it even find out? - the app itself has no mechanism for tipping.

More importantly, Uber also agreed to a number of concessions, including new specific policies created to give drivers greater transparency about what keeps them in good standing and what could boot them off the platform. Low pay was a common theme among drivers, as was Uber's manipulation of fare prices.

The IDG based its tip-revenue projections on the fact that nearly all taxi passengers tip, and most tip 20%.

"The Uber app does not include a tip when billing you for a trip fare". If passed, the rule would only affect companies that do not already offer the option to tip on credit, however, cash tips would still be allowed.

In most cities, Uber is a cashless experience.

If you decide you would like to tip, your driver is welcome to accept.

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