NYC may force Uber to allow tips

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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.

People who support the rule hope it can make gratuities as common for New York's Uber drivers as they are for the city's taxi drivers.

Officials say tipping would also improve transparency for drivers to see how their paychecks are calculated. The proposal will also require formal introduction, following which a public hearing that will ask for feedback from members of the drivers community will take place.

He continued, "Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience".

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. Lyft started offering in-app tipping in 2012, and the company says its drivers have pulled in $200 million in tips since.

Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang said the company will review the proposed rule once it's drafted. 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.

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Hailing the move is the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), an organization representing Uber drivers in the city, which has for months been advocating for a noncash tipping option for Uber customers. "In New York City, we partnered with the Machinists Union to make sure current and future Uber NYC drivers have a stronger voice", she said.

"The work ahead for the TLC is to provide more transparency for drivers on how their earnings are calculated, to provide earning protections and a means of redress for those that are making less than a livable wage".

"Professional drivers are a vital part of both our city's transportation network and economy, and driving for-hire has supported hundreds of thousands of New York City families for decades", TLC Chair Meera Joshi said. In three major USA markets - Denver, Detroit, and Houston - Uber drivers earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, BuzzFeed News reported a year ago.

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.

That petition received more than 11,000 signatures; the Independent Driver's Guild estimated that including a tipping button would lead to a total of $300 million addition income per year for drivers.

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