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.
"60 percent of our drivers drive between 15 to 10 hours a week, but we do have a good number of drivers that drive more often and safety is very important", said Correoso. A second warning will then follow after the 11th hour, while a third and final notification will serve as a 30-minute warning, the Washington Post reports.
Uber drivers will be warned as they get close to the 12-hour limit. It will not reactivate to pick up fares until the mandatory six-hour rest period is over.
Uber is ready for a less laissez-faire approach to drowsy driving.
Uber is driven by a desire to improve safety as well as raise awareness of drowsy driving.
This move will strengthen our approach to help keep riders and drivers safe on the road while preserving the flexibility drivers tell us they love. Uber had previously pushed back against the idea of capping driver hours, saying, "Uber does not set hours or shifts and drivers who partner with us can choose the hours they work". Uber noted that driving-time limits may vary in certain areas, depending on local regulations. The new update rolls out that change nationally.
Drivers will see notifications on their screen periodically after 10 hours, and when they hit their 12-hour limit, their shift will be automatically ended. Uber's legions of contractors have long alleged Uber stiffs them on compensation through shady business tactics, rate cuts and increasing commissions, forcing them to work continually longer hours.
In the US, Uber had capped driver hours in just a small handful of cities, including NY and Chicago. This mandated break is similar to the one Uber implemented in the United Kingdom last month.
In 2017, Uber fought a proposal in MA to limit drivers to 16 hours a day, or 70 hours a week, calling it (pdf, p. 10) "unworkable" and "overly burdensome". It's also likely that the app won't even stop those that work more than 12 hours.