Uber Driver Starts Petition to Allow Passengers to Tip Drivers Via App


Uber is a rapidly expanding car service that allows passengers to simply call a taxi to their location via a smartphone app. The service also allows passengers to pay via the app, meaning that users don't even need to have a credit card or cash on them.

While this is convenient, a lot of Uber drivers lose out as a result. While UberTAXI includes a 20 percent default tip in all of its fares, UberX, UberBlack, and UberSUV rides do not include any tip in the fare the App provides, nor do they even provide an option for tipping.

Peter Faris, an Uber driver in the D.C. Area, started a Care2 petition to change that. Already signed by almost 10,000 people, Faris's petition reads:

Tipping is a surefire way to extend goodwill toward your driver. It's a gesture of  appreciation for a job well done, and there's no reason to deny drivers and passengers this option. Uber's competitor, Lyft, includes this feature on all rides. Considering many drivers rely on Uber as a primary income source, it makes sense to allow us to earn a little extra money when passengers feel we've done a good job.

Uber doesn't prevent drivers from accepting a cash tip, but many people use Uber because they no longer carry cash, so it makes sense to have tipping as an in-app option.

I love working for Uber, and I want to see the app become even better. Please sign my petition to ask Uber to add a tipping feature to all of its ride options!

Over the past year, Uber has faced protests for its tipping policy and for low wages; there are also a pair of California lawsuits against both Uber and Lyft calling for drivers to be classified as employees, not independent contractors.

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