Uber said it will begin adding a $2 booking fee for all UberT trips in New York City starting Wednesday.
The fee will be added once a ride is completed and will be billed to the credit card on file. The fee does not apply for wheelchair accessible vehicle requests.
Uber's statement said the fee is being added "on behalf of yellow and boro taxi drivers who utilize the platform."
Previously requesting a taxi through UberT was free. Users were only responsible for paying the metered fare. Canceling a request was also free of charge. In the past, the cab-hailing company had defended adding a booking fee to help cover cancelled calls.
However, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance said the money would not be going to drivers and questioned Uber's motives, claiming that the company would instead be pocketing the money.
"All the while, Uber spin masters shamelessly tell their trusting customers that the increase is in the name of the drivers," the union said in a statement.