In Uber's case, that would mean adding a tipping option on its mobile app where riders currently pay using a credit card. The change would be a significant one for Uber, which has avoided past calls to add electronic tipping.
The New York Times reported the news earlier Monday. Once the commission officially proposes the change, it must be certified by the city's law department and subjected to public comment. After a public hearing, the commission must vote to approve the measure.
Uber spokesman said the company plans to review the proposal when it is officially released in the coming months.
"Uber is always striving to offer the best earning opportunity for drivers and we are constantly working to improve the driver experience," the company said in a statement.
While Uber technically permits cash tips, its website describes rides as a "cashless experience" and states that "tipping is voluntary.”
"As a rider, you are not obligated to offer your driver a gratuity in cash," the website states. "If you decide you would like to tip, your driver is welcome to accept."
Uber's chief rival, Lyft, has offered the option to tip drivers in its app since it was founded in 2012. Last month, Lyft touted that its drivers have collected $200 million in tips in that time.
Uber drivers have pushed the company to add an electronic
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Uber executives pledged last month to improve relations with drivers, who have complained that the company's tipping policy and declining fares have impinged their earning potential.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, was filmed arguing with a driver who claimed that the company has reduced the price of its service at the expense of drivers.
Rachel Hunt, who runs marketing and operations in the United States and Canada, told reporters last month that the company planned to give drivers greater say in disputes with riders over cancelled trips and reports of poor service.