Uber is a revolutionary company that changed the lives of a lot of people, including us. It has made travel a lot easier, convenient and cheaper. Uber has recently decided to introduce a new policy which will be implemented on drivers' hours to ensure the safety of both its drivers and passengers.
A registered driver on the Uber network must take an uninterrupted six-hour break after 10 hours of driving with a passenger or traveling to pick someone. Uber is also introducing a feature that would prevent the drivers from logging in and taking trips, if they do not take a long enough break.
Uber also believes that this type of initiative is a first in the industry and would open new doors to safety of passengers and drivers. The taxi association which represents black cab drivers said that it is not going to be as effective as promised.This is a good initiative taken by the company and is aimed at increasing the safety standards of Uber but the black cab association has different views.
Andrew Byrne, Uber's head of policy, said: "We are not aware of any other private hire operator in the UK that has introduced such a limit.
"While drivers only spend an average of 30 hours a week logged into our app, we want to do our part to ensure they don't drive tired."
A director of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association told the BBC: "There is no rule for our drivers." "Over the last two decades there have been at least three attempts made by the European Commission to put UK taxi and private hire vehicles under the working time directive." "But it's never been allowed to happen because our taxis, unlike buses and coaches, do not have a tachograph fitted so we can't keep track of drivers' hours or restrict them."
13th of March 2018