Uber in­tro­duces tip­ping

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - RACHEL CLAY­TON

Uber is in­tro­duc­ing tip­ping, with the full amount go­ing straight to the driv­ers.

The move comes as the in­ter­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Travis Kalan­ick an­nounced an in­def­i­nite leave of absence. The new tip­ping op­tion was in­cluded in Uber’s an­nounce­ment of its ‘180 Days of Change for driv­ers’, which the com­pany said was ’’de­signed to mean­ing­fully fix and im­prove the driv­ing experience’’.

Head of United States op­er­a­tions Rachel Holt said: ‘‘Each month for the next six months, we’ll share ma­jor im­prove­ments that will make driv­ing more flex­i­ble and less stress­ful, giv­ing you earn­ings and sup­port you can de­pend on.’’

Uber wouldn’t take any part of tips given to driv­ers. But pas­sen­gers are about to get slammed with fees for in­de­ci­sion and run­ning late. They will be charged by the minute if they kept an Uber car wait­ing for more than two min­utes and the com­pany was re­duc­ing the time al­lowed to can­cel a ride from five to two min­utes.

Uber spokesman Casper Nixon said most of the changes, in­clud­ing tip­ping, would be avail­able in New Zealand by the end of the year. The 180 Days of Change plan comes as Uber con­tin­ues to con­front a rocky 2017. The com­pany re­peat­edly flouted lo­cal law by not re­quir­ing new driv­ers to ob­tain a P en­dorse­ment.

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