NYC Uber drivers could soon start getting tips

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The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has chose to move ahead with a proposal that could (if implemented) force cab aggregators to offer options for tipping, regardless o the kind of payment they accept.

The forthcoming Taxi and Limousine Commission rule proposal comes after months of campaigning from drivers looking to earn a bit of extra revenue with each tip. Besides, there have been multiple times when I've wanted to tip my driver but wasn't able to due to not having cash on hand.

"Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience", Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang said in a statement.

The ride-hailing service Lyft also operates in New York City, but it wouldn't be affected if the proposal was approved because it already offers a tipping feature within its app.

The Independent Drivers Guild, which is affiliated with the Machinists Union, collected more than 11,000 signatures on a petition calling on Uber to add tipping to its app. The taxi commission has the authority to initiate rulemaking on its own, but rules must be certified by city legal authorities.

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Last week, privately held Uber reported in 2016 had $20 billion in bookings - double its 2015 number - with net revenue of $6.5 billion but the company lost $2.8 billion. Nobody's explicitly saying this is a shot at Uber, but Lyft has included tipping since 2012 and Fasten allowed tipping in 2016, so Uber's pretty clearly the only holdout. If I have a few singles on me, I'll try to do it, especially if the driver does something, like help loading a bag for a ride to the airport, or is just generally pleasant. He said the association has called for the one-day strike in favour of the demands and if companies and government do not pay heed, they will go on an indefinite strike.

"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.

"People do want to tip", he said.

"Uber led drivers and passengers alike to believe that fares would match what was lost in gratuities", he said. "Cuts to driver pay across the ride-hail industry has made tipping income more important than ever", said Conigliaro in a statement. "They have to work much harder and longer hours to earn the same amount of money they did when Uber came on the scene".

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