Uber is planning to cap the number of hours its drivers can work
and can introduce the limit in the UK this summer time.
The firm’s UK head of public coverage, Andrew Byrne, revealed
in a letter to MPs published on Saturday.
The cap is half of Uber’s efforts to be sure that its drivers aren’t
overworking, or driving whereas drained.
In his letter, Byrne stated Uber already screens drivers who work
greater than 56 hours per week. The app additionally reminds drivers by way of
the day to take breaks and provides different street security recommendation.
“In London we additionally monitor companions who [work]greater than 56 hours
on journeys over the course of every week. If any companion exceeds this
threshold they’re contacted by the group and reminded about their
duties to the security of their passengers.
We are additionally planning to introduce a limit to the number of hours
that companions are in a position to drive in the UK. We are nonetheless
contemplating the parameters and the engineering work required, however
we anticipate to have the opportunity to introduce the answer by summer time 2017.”
It is not clear what the cap is, how or whether or not Uber plans to
implement the limit, or the way it will advise drivers on any shortfall
Uber is presently underneath scrutiny from the Work and Pensions
Committee, which is taking a look at how the cab hailing app, Amazon,
Hermes, and Deliveroo deal with their staff.
One Uber driver, Syed Khalil, informed the committee final month that
he had to work 40 to 50 hours per week to
break even, and up to 90 to flip a revenue.
In the letter, Byrne stated 1 / 4 of Uber drivers work extra
than 40 hours per week.
Uber introduced a 12-hour driving cap in New York
final February, briefly deactivating drivers who broke the
limit. Reoffenders are completely faraway from the platform.