Take a break! Uber drivers must rest 6 hours after driving 12

Take a break! Uber drivers must rest 6 hours after driving 12

The new change might be a big wakeup call for more than 50 percent of drivers, but Uber says its a call that can't be ignored. (Many drivers work for both companies, often toggling between the two.) Lyft, however, already sets a mandatory six-hour break for every 14 hours of driving.

Uber is introducing a new feature for its app that will force USA drivers to take a six-hour break after 12 hours of driving time. And Uber has previously experimented with similar limits elsewhere in the world. In a press release, the company noted that almost 60 percent of its US drivers use the app less than 10 hours a week, but fatigue has become a major concern for the company.

The Uber app will automatically go offline after the driver has worked for 12 hours. They could, for example, switch between different ride-hailing services, so that when their time's up with Uber they turn on Lyft. This will address riders who have long distance to travel-they will instead be paired with other drivers with longer upper limit of work time.

In the US, Uber had capped driver hours in just a small handful of cities, including NY and Chicago. The new update rolls out that change nationally.

For those drivers who shuttle people around for more than 12-hour shifts, they'll now be closer in line with federal regulations for truck drivers. While adopting new rules to restrict worn out driving that year, the New York City taxi regulator reported that the crash rate for taxi drivers working more than 12 hours a day was 24% higher than the crash rate for drivers working 12 or fewer hours. Huffington, who has made sleep a pillar of her personal brand, visited college campuses around the country for the campaign to offer "sleep tutorials". If allowing drivers to take time off to rest after 10 hours of being on the road will help them be in the right frame of mind, then so be it.

Uber is driven by a desire to improve safety as well as raise awareness of drowsy driving. NHTSA describes drowsy driving as "a profound impairment that mimics alcohol-impaired driving in many ways". While some drivers south of the border previously said they preferred driving for Lyft, others in Toronto - where Lyft started to operate late previous year - say they like working for both companies equally, according to The Toronto Sun.

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