Uber is now allowing its drivers to receive tips. The company said Tuesday it would email drivers a 180-day plan to make driving “more flexible and less stressful.” One of those features is tipping.
According to Uber, riders in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston will have the option as of Tuesday, the rest of the country will follow by the end of July.
Other changes include paying drivers if their rider cancels after two minutes or more, and paying drivers who have to wait more than two minutes for their rider.
The decision comes as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is on leave from the company.
Uber’s former president, Jeff Jones, had been a proponent of tipping, which is already used by rival Lyft, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year. But Kalanick had a “principled” opposition to tipping, Bloomberg News said, arguing the practice tamps down wages. Jones has since left the company, citing in part the “approach to leadership.”