Uber to introduce limits on drivers ‘ hours

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Uber is the introduction of a new policy on drivers ‘ hours across the united KINGDOM next week, which it says will help to increase the safety for drivers and passengers.

A driving licence on its application needs to take a break for six-hour break after 10 hours of driving with a passenger, or a trip to pick up someone.

Drivers who do not take a long enough pause will not be able to connect to the application and do day trips.

The ride-hailing company said that it believes that the move is a first in the industry”.

But the association, which represents black cab drivers told the BBC that he was “a little bit of weight of the cap”.
“No rule”

Andrew Byrne, Uber’s head of policy, said: “We are not aware of any other private hire operator in the UK, which has introduced such a limit.

“While drivers will spend an average of 30 hours per week recorded in our application, we want to do our part to ensure that they do not drive tired.”

A director of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association, told the BBC: “there is no rule for our drivers.

“Over the past two decades, there have been at least three attempts made by the European Commission for UK taxi and private hire vehicles under the working time directive.

“But it never took place because our taxis, unlike buses and coaches, do not have a tachograph fitted so you can’t keep track of drivers’ hours or restrict it.”
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Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers ‘ Association, for blacks, the taxi drivers, told the BBC: “It is a toothless cap that still allows Uber drivers to work 100 hours per week, and is a public relations exercise that will not improve the safety of the passengers.

“Uber can’t claim its drivers are independent and are not subject to minimum wage, but try to limit the hours that they can work.”

“Unlike Uber drivers, while black taxi drivers to undertake the improvement of the tests of conduct and as such, they are well aware of the hazards of working long hours. This high standard of security is reflected in the low number of accidents involving licensed black taxi drivers”.