The association, which claims to represent over one lakh app-based taxi drivers in the national capital region, has also been demanding a rollback of the 25 per cent commission drivers are charged by companies like Ola and Uber.
"It is the first time that 12 unions of autorickshaws and kaali-peeli taxis are joining us", said Ravi Rathore of Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD).
"Tipping is not included, nor is it expected or required", Uber said the statement.
"This rule proposal will be an important first step to improve earning potential in the for-hire vehicle industry", Meera Joshi, the taxi commissioner, said in a statement today. Drivers have always been denied access to the kinds of benefits and labor protections many workers take for granted, such as paid sick leave or the minimum wage. NY officials are trying to force the ride-sharing app to include a tipping option after a petition was signed by 11,000 drivers.
That petition received more than 11,000 signatures; the Independent Driver's Guild estimated that including a tipping button would lead to a total of $300 million addition income per year for drivers.
Uber now does not offer in-app tipping, while its competitor, Lyft, does have the option.
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Tipping on Uber has always been a bit of a touchy subject. Juno, an Uber competitor in NYC that said it had given 1 million rides as of August 2016 after a beta launch three months earlier, also lets riders tip within the app.
Rival services such as Lyft already offer a tipping option.
Uber had the opportunity then to reverse its position on tipping and earn itself some goodwill - keep in mind, this was months before the latest onslaught of bad headlines for the company - but instead it stuck to its guns.
Tipping can be an important income stream for a professional driver.
While Uber settled in April of a year ago, in order for drivers to remain independent contractors, the company was forced to pay out $84 million to the approximately 385,000 drivers represented in the suit. "In the end, we decided against including one because we felt it would be better for riders and drivers to know for sure what they would pay or earn on each trip - without the uncertainty of tipping", the company wrote.
"As a rider, you are not obligated to offer your driver a gratuity in cash", the website states.