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Travel and Transportation November 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Should you tip your Uber driver?

I’ve been using Uber now for roughly two years. Ever from the start it was my assumption that tipping is not included in the cost and that was part of the beauty of Uber. You don’t tip, you don’t have to carry cash and all costs are included in your fare.

Officially, with respect to tipping, Uber’s website states,
“You don’t need cash when you ride with Uber. Once you arrive at your destination, your fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file — there’s no need to tip.”

However, recently I came across an article called “7 Things You Do That Annoy Your Uber Driver — This is Uber etiquette 101.” The second thing listed was tipping and the article goes on to say,”
“Uber actually makes all new passengers set a tip percentage for UberTaxi rides when they first sign up, …… referring to the option for passengers in some cities to use the app for hailing taxis rather than private cars. This, he added, “leads to lots and lots of passengers incorrectly assuming that tip is included in the fare price for UberX,” which is the app’s cheapest option. Tip is “most definitely not” included for UberX…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/uber-driver-complaints-etiquette_55b7eaf7e4b0074ba5a69e69

In addition to this the following articles from the NY Post and Boston Globe seem to indicate that you should tip your driver.

http://nypost.com/2015/08/12/does-your-uber-driver-expect-a-tip/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/10/27/tips-raises-questions-and-tempers-among-uber-and-lyft-users/EJlZe8Eb763UewRzUNUVJN/story.html

So, with all this in mind, I’d like to hear what others have to say.

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