Uber plans to start testing cash payment for rides in Kyiv. According to a statement by the company, the decision to pilot cash payments is in response to the suggestions and comments it has received from its partner drivers and users since its launch in Kyiv on June 30.

According to the statement, Uber users want to be able to choose their method of payment for rides booked through the Uber app while its partner drivers want to have small amounts of cash for daily expenses.

As soon as testing begins, the cash payment option will be available alongside the familiar card payment option, but only to a limited number of users. Details will be provided in the Uber blog.

The method of calculating fares for Uber rides will remain unchanged and automatic: a base fare of UAH 25, UAH 4.5 per kilometer, and UAH 0.4 per minute. All three components are added together. The minimum fare is UAH 40.

Kyiv is not the first city in which Uber is piloting cash payment for rides. It has already been piloted in Manchester, Dubai, Singapore, Prague, and other cities. According to the Uber, more than 95% of users using cashless payment never go back to cash payment while users that initially pay cash for rides gradually switch to cashless payments.