Is your driver Uber tired?

The introduction of ride-sharing has seen an increase in people supplementing their primary income by becoming drivers.

Certain organisations offer incentives to drivers, encouraging them to accept more rides resulting in longer hours worked. Despite ride-sharing organisations having access to hours of driving data, it is not always actively managed, nor do they do not have any information about what the driver has been doing before jumping behind the wheel.

In February 2016, Uber issued a notice to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announcing a new policy under which drivers would be temporarily deactivated once they reached a 12-hour driving limit. Uber drivers who exceeded the limit a second time would be deactivated permanently. At competitor Lyft, drivers are required to take a 6-hour break for every 14 hours they have been driving, whether they are consecutive or not.

Although these kinds of policies are a good step forward towards managing driver fatigue, they are not mandated globally and do not take into consideration any of the driver’s previous or future activities including other work.

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