LONDON (Reuters) – Uber stated on Tuesday its British drivers will have to take a six-hour break after they have accepted and made journeys with passengers totalling 10 hours because the taxi app responds to criticism over extreme working hours.
Uber stated final month almost a 3rd of its 50,000 drivers in Britain are logged into the app for greater than 40 hours every week, while just below eight % are on-line for greater than 60 hours.
It has been attacked by commerce unions and lawmakers who say that a few of its drivers are working too lengthy, one in all many criticisms it has confronted about its business mannequin because it battles to maintain working in London after being stripped of its licence.
On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley agency stated from subsequent week drivers will have to take a steady six-hour break after the time spent on journeys with passengers and on their option to selecting somebody up reaches 10 hours.
“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,” stated Uber’s UK Head of Policy Andrew Byrne.
“That’s why we’ve been sending drivers regular reminders to take rest breaks and why we’re now bringing in these new limits,” he added.
He stated the app deliberate to make different modifications to the way in which it operates within the subsequent few months.
Reporting by Costas Pitas; enhancing by Stephen Addison