TLC Could Soon Force Uber to Provide Tipping Option

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The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is introducing a proposal on Monday that would require Uber to give passengers the option of tipping their drivers within the ride-hailing app.

"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 Commissioner Meera Joshi said in a statement. "The exploitation of ride-hail drivers must end and this is an important first step".

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The company is putting a good face on the TLC's decision, though a spokeswoman noted that it has yet to see the actual rules. It will then go through a 90-day process wherein drivers and companies can quibble about the exact language, according to Guild founder James Conigliaro, Jr. "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".

'It's just not possible to make it on straight UberX rates, ' said Jim Conigliaro, the guild's founder.

The proposal comes after an initial step taken by the the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG).

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"People do want to tip and they actually feel uncomfortable when they get out of the auto and they don't leave a tip for the driver", Conigliaro said.

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. Even Chicago Uber Taxi riders get no prompt to tip and have no readily accessible way to tip for a given trip.

Uber's main competitor, Lyft, has included the option to tip in its app since 2012. Worker advocates continue to push for policies that would require Uber to treat its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors. "That's not what happened". "They have to work much harder and longer hours to earn the same amount of money they did when Uber came on the scene".

Of course, Uber had the opportunity to do the right thing by its drivers and add a tipping option in its app a year ago this month.

Most drivers of the estimated 1.5 lakh app-based taxis in Delhi-NCR have decided not to take out their vehicles on Tuesday.

"At an nearly six-hour hearing on April 6, the TLC heard testimony about a decline in earnings due to fares being paid by passengers going down, increases in commission and high vehicle costs as well as confusion due to discrepancies between the passenger fare and the fare that the driver's pay comes out of", the commission said.

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