Ride-hailing service Fasten to match tips with donation to ACLU

Posted January 31st, 2017

Ride-hailing service Fasten says it will join competitor Lyft in donating money to the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Fasten, which operates in Austin and Boston, will match the amount of money that its drivers earn in tips with a donation to the ACLU, and they’ll do so through Feb. 8, the company said Tuesday.

This was the case beginning at noon Tuesday, and tips will be matched through midnight on Feb. 8.

“For the next week, we will match all tips riders give their drivers and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to a nonprofit organization that stand up for the rights of all people,” Fasten said in a written statement. “This way we can make a difference together. Reward the hard-working people in your community, while supporting the organizations that fight for our freedoms everywhere.”

Unlike Lyft, Fasten did not specifically say that the move to collect donations is related to the Trump administration’s recent changes to U.S. travel policy.

Lyft announced Sunday that the company would donate  $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years.

This was likely to capitalize on the blowback Uber faced on Saturday when the company decided to turn off surge pricing at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after the New York Taxi Workers Alliance decided not to offer rides from 6-7 p.m. in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees, migrants and foreign nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

Head management at Uber said turning off surge pricing was not meant to break the strike. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said drivers affected by the travel ban will be compensated pro bono for three months. Kalanick also said he plans to take concerns from Uber drivers to Trump’s business advisory group, for which he’s received criticism for joining.

Lyft had continued to give rides during the strike at the JFK airport and did not turn off its surge pricing.