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You can now tip your Uber driver via the app

Uber drivers have long asked the company to include the ability to tip in the app.”Now, riders have the option to recognize your service by adding a tip after their trip”, Uber wrote in an email to drivers.Riders will have the option to tip directly in the app after each trip. The app suggests a $1, $2 or $5 tip, and riders can enter a custom amount.Passengers taking rides with Uber can now tip their drivers, the ride-booking app announced Monday.Tipping will also be available through the company’s UberEats food-delivery program.The initiative for a half year of monthly changes was announced June 20, the same day that founder Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO, following a slew of company controversies.In a statement Monday, Lyft illustrated the impact of its tipping feature on its driver earnings, while issuing a characteristic jab at its chief competitor.According to the company, riders have up to seven days after the trip to rate the ride and add a tip, but if a rider wants to go back and tip a driver for a trip they already rated, they have up to 30 days to do so. “We’ve offered in-app tipping since our earliest days because it was the right thing to do, and our drivers have earned an extra $250 million as a result”.It remains to be seen how tipping will work with Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars.Still, the Independent Drivers’ Guild, which represents more than 50,000 app-based drivers in New York City, hailed the city ruling as a victory for its cause.