Hot tip: In-app Uber gratuities come to Suffolk

Keep the change: In-app tipping, the most-requested feature by Uber users, is now available to Suffolk County passengers.

Suffolk County Uber passenger can now take advantage of in-app tipping protocols.

Noting “an important step forward,” Uber announced Thursday that “the feature asked for the most in the Uber app” is now available to Suffolk County passengers.

The introduction of the tipping software in Long Island’s easternmost county is part of the San Francisco-based company’s 180 Days of Change campaign, which seeks to enact various service improvements – requested by both passengers and drivers – over the next six months.

Much to the chagrin of regional taxicab companies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 7 signed legislation formalizing regulations that allow “ridesharing” services to operate across New York State.

The new regulations took effect June 29. Previously, tech-based ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft, also based in San Francisco, were limited by state law to operating within New York City only.

In-app tipping is scheduled to be available to all United States and Canadian drivers and delivery partners by the end of this month, according to the Uber website.