However that has changed in an announcement by the company in which they are promising 180 days of change. In an email that they have sent out to drivers, they announced the tipping feature which will be initially launched in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston. “We’re starting with only 3 cities so we can create the best tipping experience for you and your riders. We’ll be adding more cities over the next few weeks, and will make tips available to all U.S. drivers, by the end of July 2017.”
Uber points out that service fees will not be deducted from your tips, so whatever you were tipped, you will gain in its entirety. In addition to tipping, Uber also announced that they have shortened the cancellation window from 5 minutes to 2 minutes, meaning that drivers will receive a cancellation fee if a ride is cancelled after 2 minutes of booking.
There is also a wait-time fee where drivers can start earning a per-minute-rate whenever they have to wait for their rider after a 2 minute waiting mark. These are just some of the changes that Uber will be making that is aimed to help improve the lives of their drivers, some of which can impact riders as well, so hit up Uber’s website if you’d like the details.