Friday, 23 June, 2017

TLC Will Require Uber To Offer A Tipping Option

Uber App Would Add Tipping Option Under Changes Considered By City New York City may force Uber to add a tipping option to its app
Lucas Bell | 18 April, 2017, 02:37

Earlier in the day, the Delhi HC restrained two taxi drivers' unions - the Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi and the Rajdhani Tourist Drivers' Union - from disrupting services of cabs run by Ola and Uber in the national capital region.

The push to add the tipping option in New York City stemmed from a petition that was organized by the Independent Drivers Guild.

There is some merit to these arguments, but the fact of the matter is that tips represent a significant part of most drivers' income.

Delhi-NCR residents got their first taste of Ola and Uber drivers' strike against the cab companies in February this year, which went on for nearly two weeks.

Conigliaro praised the proposed rule as "a vitally important step forward for drivers", citing the lack of protections for drivers such as paid sick leave and minimum wage rules.

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

The Independent Drivers Guild, a union-backed association that advocates for New York's Uber drivers, petitioned the commission to pursue the tip rule.

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Meanwhile, though SDA claimed the support of other taxi and auto rickshaw unions, Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union (kaali-peeli taxis) said they would not participate in the protest.

Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang told the Times that the company is "always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers" and will be reviewing the proposal. So it is going to be a while before anyone has the ability to tip their Uber driver.

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. While tipping was always allowed, the company also discouraged the practice. with the promise that it was already included in the fare.

While Uber settled in April of past year, in order for drivers to remain independent contractors, the company was forced to pay out $84 million to the approximately 385,000 drivers represented in the suit. Uber competitor Lyft and local ride-hailing startup Juno both have tipping options in their apps.

Luis Tavares, a member of the guild who's been driving for Uber for five years, said his fares have dropped over time and that he finds himself having to drive more to bring home the same pay. The interface wouldn't ask you to tip immediately after a ride, but rather users would have to manually select find their last ride.

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

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