The UK government already has plans to ban petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040. Uber hopes to go one better, however, and switch over to hybrid and fully electric vehicles by 2022. In London, the company thinks it can manage the same feat by 2019. It then wants every Uber vehicle in the capital to be electric by 2025. To meet these ambitious targets, Uber has unveiled a "Clear Air Plan" that includes a new "Clean Air Fund," a diesel car scrappage scheme and an EV charger network in London.
Abdurzak Hadi has worked as a minicab driver for 10 years, and as an Uber driver in London for nearly three. He came to the UK as a child refugee from Somalia in 1992 and now has a young family but is struggling to support them. His low pay is, like that of many Uber drivers, topped up by the state with working tax credits. His 10-year-old son has been receiving treatment for leukaemia and he hoped that being an Uber driver would allow him the flexibility to arrange his work around hospital appointments and collecting his other children from school, sharing the caring with his wife, but he says the reality has been very different. Hadi regularly works about 40 hours a week for Uber.
Uber drivers in New York City may start making more money than they're accustomed to. The Taxi and Limousine Commission announced Monday it supports a petition started by the Independent Driver's Guild with the goal of requiring a tipping option in the Uber app. Currently Uber does not offer users an option to tip via the app like competitor Lyft. The petition has more than 11,000 signatures, and the online description attached to it says, "New York's working drivers are losing thousands of dollars we need for vehicle upkeep and supporting our families in one of the most expensive cities in America." Uber issued a statement nearly a year ago to "clarify" the tipping policy, which is pretty much nonexistent.