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Uber Drivers Will Soon Be Able to Accept Tips

Uber Drivers Will Soon Be Able to Accept Tips

Amid increasing tensions between Uber drivers and its "Always be hustlin'" corporate bro-verlords, the now CEO-less company has made a decision to institute a big change that could result in drivers taking home more money: For the first time, drivers nationwide will be allowed to accept tips from passengers via the Uber app.

Uber says its tipping, like everything else with the service, will be handled seamlessly within the app used to book the ride.

"Tipping will be available in all U.S. cities by the end of July 2017", said Craig Ewer, an Uber spokesman.

Riders won't be required to provide a tip, but can choose from different suggested tip amounts or enter their own amount. In fact, Lyft drivers have received $250 million in tips from its happy customers. Drivers will also be happy to find out that Uber is shortening the cancellation window from five minutes to two. Granted, tips are probably concentrated among more active drivers, but this data still indicates that tipping isn't actually that popular among consumers.




"This work is starting in the USA, but our focus is absolutely global", said Susie Heath, a Senior Communications Associate with Uber Canada. The company also said in a press release it will announce a "major improvement" for drivers each month for the rest of the year.

Uber has always argued that it offers a seamless experience and that adding a tip feature into its app would interfere with that.

Because drivers have the option to accept or decline a rider's request based on their rating score, in theory, those riders with a lower rating score are more likely to be turned down by drivers. Uber announced that it is rolling out a tipping option for drivers. A statement reads that former CEO Travis Kalanick is spending some time healing from the death of his mother and "giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber's history".

With Kalanick on leave after an exodus of top executives including his chief confidant, Emil Michael, the company is now officially run by a committee of 14 executives. "We must update our core values, listen better to employees and riders, and prioritise our drivers".


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