Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

New York City Moves Toward Requiring Uber Tipping Option

New York City Moves Toward Requiring Uber Tipping Option

The regulatory agency in charge of taxis and livery drivers resolved Monday to consider requiring companies like Uber to offer in-app tipping, according to Huffington Post.

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.

The TLC aims to introduce its rule within the coming months, which will be followed by a 30-day comment period and a public hearing.

"We have not seen the proposal and look forward to reviewing it. Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience".

Uber's NY general manager Josh Mohrer previous year emailed passengers to let them know that they're free to tip, though "being Uber means you don't need to tip". So drivers only make their cut of the Uber fare, no more. "The exploitation of ride-hail drivers must end and this is an important first step".

The IDG estimates tipping will be worth an extra $300m (£238m) to drivers in the city every year. And after a while, Uber could decide that it makes more sense to standardize in-app tipping, rather than continue to juggle different versions of its app in different cities.

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A pro-tipping rule in NY would be a big victory for the Independent Drivers Guild, an organization that Uber helped set up a year ago in conjunction with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a trade union.

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

Adding a tipping feature to Uber's app would remove one significant difference between Uber and its chief US competitor, Lyft.

Uber has never shied away from a fight with policymakers, and its sanguine response to the proposed tipping rules points toward a shift in its thinking.

"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.

Rathore also said the app-based cab companies are flouting norms. Some 29% of respondents say they would actually be more likely to leave a tip if they were presented with a "no tip" button to allow them to opt out, the study by Software Advice, which helps businesses choose software, found.

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