D.C. Uber drivers petition for tips through app
D.C. Uber driver Peter Faris is petitioning for the company to allow customers to tip through the Uber app. According to DCist, Faris is an Uber vet—he has driven with the company for two and a half years.
Faris hopes to earn 10,000 signatures on his petition to gain the attention of Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. Currently, Uber drivers, unlike drivers for Lyft and Sidecar, are not able to accept tips electronically.
In the petition, Faris argues that since most drivers have Uber as their only source of income, it makes sense that riders should have the ability to tip electronically, the same way they pay.
“Tipping is customary in the transportation service sector. As many riders no longer carry cash, a tipping feature integrated into the app (perhaps offered as an option when the rider rates the driver) would benefit drivers by adding to their earnings and job satisfaction,” said Faris.
The company charges through an online service where few customers would think to include a cash tip. Uber taxi drivers have an automatic tip of 20% included in their fee for riders when paired with UberTAXI—the two hold a partnership. For drivers of UberX, UberSUV, and UberBlack, however, there is no way for customers to leave a tip by method of digital payment.
Faris currently has 12,043 signatures (Feb. 10, 10:21 am).
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