Beginning on Tuesday, drivers in Houston, Minneapolis and Seattle can collect tips.
The expanded earnings opportunities are the first step in what Uber is billing as "180 days of change" for its US drivers. Uber announced that it is rolling out a tipping option for drivers. "Some changes will be big, some will be small ー all will be changes drivers have asked for", Uber wrote in a blog post.
Uber riders could always technically tip their drivers in cash, but they weren't encouraged or prompted to do so.
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"Tipping is not included, nor is it expected or required", the team added. CEO Travis Kalanick is in the midst of a leave of absence, and 20 employees have been fired following an investigation into harassment and discrimination at Uber.
It's part of the company's new initiative pushing 180 days of change.
Lyft has offered tipping pretty much since its launch in 2012 and has called it "the right thing to do". "We know there's a long road ahead, but we won't stop until we get there". Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney who represents drivers in the California and MA lawsuits, welcomed the change.
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