NYC may force Uber to allow tips

Posted April 18, 2017

The commission opted to push for the change in response to a petition by the Independent Drivers Guild, a union-supported organization that advocates for Uber drivers in NY.

Ravi Rathore, vice-president of the Sarvodaya Drivers' Association, said.

Reacting to the call for protest, Uber said in a statement that this time, the drivers can not obstruct others who are willing to come on duty.

Uber assigns a cost for a booking fee, plus a per-mile cost and a per-minute cost that the driver makes for each ride. Drivers have always been denied access to the kinds of benefits and labor protections many workers take for granted, such as paid sick leave or the minimum wage. The Independent Drivers Guild estimates drivers in New York City are losing thousands of dollars because of no-tip custom with Uber rides. Cabbies regularly receive tips through their credit card readers ― a feature also mandated by the city's taxi commission.

A petition created by the Independent Drivers Guild has gained 11,000 signatures in favor of electronic tipping as they strongly feel it will help drivers make a living wage.

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. After that, the TLC has to publish the rule, and allow comment from the public for 30 days.

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.

Brace for surge in fares and extended waiting time for the cabs to arrive as the drivers of two app-based cab aggregators - Ola and Uber - will go on a daylong strike against their "poor working conditions".

"Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience", said an Uber spokeswoman in a statement. Uber has previously argued against allowing tipping. Low pay was a common theme among drivers, as was Uber's manipulation of fare prices. The earliest that in-app tipping could be available will be this summer. It also mentioned the possibility of bias entering into the picture, meaning that riders would tip more to certain people, and less to others.

Those who are exclusively accepting payments in cash, would be able to continue accepting tips through the same channel as well and won't be required to offer a card-based tipping method. Tipping is voluntary. As a rider, you are not obligated to offer your driver a gratuity in cash.