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Uber is forcing six-hour rest breaks on busy US drivers

Discussion in 'News' started by empresstabitha, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. empresstabitha

    empresstabitha Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SAN FRANCISCO
    Uber is forcing six-hour rest breaks on busy US drivers
    To curb drowsy driving, the app goes offline after 12 hours on the road.

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    With its latest app update, Uber is forcing US drivers to take a six hour break after working 12 straight hours. The company implemented a similar feature in the UK earlier this year, but lets American drivers work two hours longer. The app will issue three warnings, starting after 10 hours of straight driving, before going offline and forcing drivers to stop. The aim is to put a halt to drowsy driving that causes 4,000 accidents a year, the company said in a statement.

    The feature will count most driving time, including being stopped at a light, with the exception of a few things like when you're waiting in an airport parking lot. Uber said it drew on driver experience and road safety groups to calculate the totals. "There's definitely a lot of third-party expertise that has gone into our thinking," Uber safety head Sachin Kansal told TechCrunch. "But it's also that we know how our drivers drive, we know road conditions, so we have baked all that into it as well."

    The change won't affect most drivers, as over 60 percent don't use Uber more than 10 hours a day. It's quite likely that the app won't even stop those who work more than 12 hours. Sherpashare, a driver assistant app, estimated that nearly three-quarters of drivers use more than one service. That would enable them to, say, use Uber for the first part of a day, then flip to another and keep working as long as they want.

    Nevertheless, Uber put a lot of thought into the feature before implementing it in the US. Based on data it gathered in the UK, Australia and elsewhere, it introduced the extra notifications so that the limit doesn't surprise drivers when they hit it. Rival Lyft offers a similar feature, but lets drivers operate 14 hours before shutting them off and doesn't offer as many notifications


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  2. Rakos

    Rakos Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberXL
    ABOUT TIME...!!!

    oh...sorry I shouted...butt...

    ABOUT FRICKING TIME...!!!

    maybe it will help alleviate...

    A bit of the driver saturation...

    And make things a bit safer...8>)

    Every now and then...

    They get something right...8>)

    Rakos
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  3. Hogg

    Hogg Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chapel Hill
    They also encourage dangerous driving with their quest promotions.

    I got one last week with four hours notice before it started. They wanted me to complete 65 trips in 30 hours.
     
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  4. empresstabitha

    empresstabitha Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SAN FRANCISCO
    I like that they do it on lyft
    I kind of wish it was 14 hours though, like lyft.
    But I do like that they'll give more notices of time spent.
     
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  5. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Novato
    This is a good thing.
     
  6. Jay Dean

    Jay Dean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Amazing it only took Uber 6 years to figure out one thing that has common sense lol I bet the dude working the coffee shop at HQ or the janitor told them to start doing it.
     
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  7. Mattio41

    Mattio41 Well-Known Member

    Personally, I dont see how they are going to get this to stick. The way they are doing it, is against how transportation laws are now written. Although I don't like lyfts method, they are doing it correctly. This is kind of Ubers way of trying to skirt the laws, that will ultimately get changed.
     
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  8. ALPHAZR1

    ALPHAZR1 New Member

    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Driving:
    Lyft
    When you hit your twelve hours of driving, it only makes you log out for 6 hours. I got logged out twice this past weekend. It was no big inconvenience as it was giving me updates of how much drive time I had left. Also, if you are logged in and not moving, it only subtracts the first 5 minutes from your drive time.
    You can check how much drive time you have left by going to account in your driver app and select driving time.



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  9. ALPHAZR1

    ALPHAZR1 New Member

    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Well I think it's safe to say no matter what, it will mean less drivers on the road overall at any given time. My hunch is that drivers will try to save their hours for traditionally busier times of day and and then log off for the slower periods. So if you're a full-time driver I imagine that would equate to more rides for you. And honestly this is not even going to affect 95% of drivers out there. It says 12 hours of drive time and that equates to many more hours than just 12. Unless you're circling the city looking for rides Non-Stop. It will be hard for most drivers to put in the number of hours it's going to require for this feature to put them out of service. Even if it does is only 6 hours, and then it resets.
     
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  10. FormerTaxiDriver

    FormerTaxiDriver Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tennessee
    My all time high recorded shift. Lol

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  11. Jay Dean

    Jay Dean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Austin, Tx
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  12. ALPHAZR1

    ALPHAZR1 New Member

    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Driving:
    Lyft
    How many rides did you get on that route?
     
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  13. FormerTaxiDriver

    FormerTaxiDriver Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tennessee
    31 trips

    I ended up in Zombie Mode trying to meet a deadline.

    The bad thing about driving so many hours like this, is that depression sets in. If you don't realize you can get depressed by not having enough sleep, then bad stuff can take place. That guy that shot himself last week said something about 120 hours a week he worked. I have been there, and done that except the suicide part. You can end up shooting yourself in the head, if you don't rest.

    Many drivers will switch over to Lyft when the 6 hour window takes place.
     
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  14. ALPHAZR1

    ALPHAZR1 New Member

    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I hit 47 rides this last friday, it was probably closer to 54 though, some were pool.
     
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  15. Leo1983

    Leo1983 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    As independent contractors this should fall on the driver (business owner)
    This is just another example of drivers being employees.

    Driving over 6 hours for any human being is criminal.
     
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  16. Jay Dean

    Jay Dean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Austin, Tx
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  17. BurgerTiime

    BurgerTiime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Driving:
    Lyft
    There's nothing stopping him/her from switching to another app and keep going.
     
  18. Jay Dean

    Jay Dean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Uber doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit Uber, it’s protecting liability in some way, I’m guessing hours logged in on a lawsuit
     
  19. jgiun1

    jgiun1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Pittsburgh
    Damn.. My record was 32.....couple 25-28 Saturdays... 47 is beast
     
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  20. Leo1983

    Leo1983 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Jesus, now I know where all my ignored rides go.
     

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