City Pushes Uber to Create Option for Tips

City officials are pushing Uber and other car service apps to create an option for tips.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission says it's working on a proposal that would require ride-sharing companies to let passengers tip drivers right through the app.

Customers can pay for their ride through the app with a credit card. But if they want to tip, they have to do so in cash.

Some drivers NY1 spoke to say most people don't tip at all, and it takes a hit on their income.

"Now, passengers don't want to tip, we don't get at all because of that. They feel, sometimes I think they feel that tip is included. Maybe they have in their mind it was like that," said one driver.

"It helps a lot. It helps maybe because you can get $40, $45, $30, $20 a day, so it helps to put like the gas. So I think it help a little more," said another.

More than 11,000 Uber employees in favor of the gratuity option have signed a petition.

Uber released a statement saying it's looking forward to reviewing the plan.

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