Drive Me Crazy: New Regulations For Tipping Uber Drivers

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Tip For Tat

Navigating through the hustle and bustle of New York City traffic is no easy feat. Couple that with long days of ornery Wall Street types and midwestern tourists rushing to get from A to B, and treacherous nights of party girls vomiting in your back seat, it can be tedious to say the least. So it’s no wonder the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) a group that formed in May of 2016 that represents the 50,000 drivers in NYC of companies like Uber, Lyft and Juno raised a petition, and has since received more than 11,000 signatures to support in-app tipping on its current platform.

Pass On The Cash

For years, New Yorkers have been able to tip taxi drivers with cash before or after swiping their cards for fare, for Uber drivers however, this is not the case. While its competitor Lyft has always offered in-app tipping, Uber contests no tipping is “hassle-free”. With this new implementation, drivers who are exclusively accepting cash tips may continue to do so, and will not be required to offer card-based tipping via the app. This process is not a one and done though.

Decent Proposal

The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is moving forward with the proposal, that, seemingly only forces Uber’s hand in a way that requires any car service that accepts payment exclusively via credit card, to implement a tipping method via the same means. The initial proposal will still require a formal introduction in the next three to six months, then a public hearing asking for feedback from members of the community, followed by a vote to decide whether to implement or reject the proposal.
The IDG founder Jim Conigliaro estimates drivers could make an estimated $300 Million more a year if the same practices for yellow cab drivers are applied to uber drivers. When and if the rule is certified by the NYC Law Department and posted for a 30 day comment period, then, and only then will it posted to be voted on by the TLC Board of Commissioners

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