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TOP TIP: Do passengers tip Uber drivers and how does it differ around the world?

Since its arrival over a decade ago, Uber has changed the way people travel in many countries. However, one aspect of the service that remains unclear for many riders is how much to tip their drivers.

While tipping is a common practice in some cultures, it is not expected or even frowned upon in others. Different countries also tip different amounts when they experience good service.

US: In the US, tipping is a customary way of showing appreciation for good service, especially in the service industry. Uber and Lyft drivers are no exception, and they rely on tips as a significant part of their income. According to experts, you should tip Uber and Lyft drivers between 10 and 20 percent based on the quality of service. Riders can tip through the app or with cash, usually whichever is more convenient for passenger. It is more likely a passenger will tip if the driver helps customers with luggage or bags, or if the rider bring their pet along.

UK: In the UK, tipping is not expected, but appreciated. Uber drivers do not depend on tips as much as in the US, as they are paid a minimum wage and receive benefits. However, if like any other service industry, if the passenger is more than satisfied with the service, they can tip through the app or with cash if they wish. A tip of 10 percent or a round-up of the fare is considered generous. It is important to note that all tips must be accounted for as earnings with tax authorities.

Australia: In Australia, tipping is not common, but some riders may choose to tip if the service is exceptional. Uber drivers are seen to be paid a fair rate and do not rely on tips for their livelihood. However, if passengers do want to show their gratitude, they can tip through the app or with cash. A tip of 5 to 10 percent or a round-up of the fare is considered a nice gesture.

As you can see, tipping Uber drivers varies depending on the country and the situation. Sometimes the best way to decide whether and how much to tip is to use your common sense and follow the local norms. Remember, tipping is always optional!


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