Uber to ban drivers from working over 12 hours straight
Uber drivers nationwide who work for 12 hours straight will find themselves digitally blacked out from accepting any more rides for the next six hours, the company announced on Monday.
The move is meant to prevent dangerous “drowsy driving,” company officials said.
“While nearly 60 percent of U.S. drivers use Uber less than 10 hours a week, we want to do our part to help prevent drowsy driving,” Uber said in its blog. “That’s why we’re taking a step forward by launching a feature across the country that prompts drivers to go offline for six straight hours after a total of 12 hours of driving time.”
The new policy will not mean any changes for New York City drivers, who were already knocked offline after 12 hours under Taxi and Limousine Commission ruled implemented last year.
The app will warn drivers when they have two hours, a half an hour, and 15 minutes of driving time left. After six hours of being offline, the clock will reset and drivers can once again start accepting rides, officials said.