Uber is introducing a brand new coverage on drivers’ hours throughout the UK subsequent week, which it says will assist to extend security for drivers and passengers.
A licensed driver on its app should take an uninterrupted six-hour break after 10 hours of driving with a passenger or travelling to choose up somebody.
Drivers who don’t take an extended sufficient break won’t be able to log in to the app and take journeys.
The ride-hailing agency says it believes the transfer “is an trade first”.
However the affiliation that represents black cab drivers advised the BBC it was “a toothless cap”.
Andrew Byrne, Uber’s head of coverage, mentioned: “We aren’t conscious of some other non-public rent operator within the UK that has launched such a restrict.
“Whereas drivers solely spend a mean of 30 hours every week logged into our app, we need to do our half to make sure they do not drive drained.”
A director of the Nationwide Non-public Rent and Taxi Affiliation advised the BBC: “There isn’t a rule for our drivers.
“During the last 20 years there have been at the very least three makes an attempt made by the European Fee to place UK taxi and personal rent autos below the working time directive.
“However it’s by no means been allowed to occur as a result of our taxis, in contrast to buses and coaches, should not have a tachograph fitted so we won’t maintain monitor of drivers’ hours or prohibit them.”
Steve McNamara, common secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Affiliation for black cab drivers, advised the BBC: “This can be a toothless cap that also permits Uber’s drivers to work over 100 hours every week, and is a PR stunt that won’t enhance passenger security.
“Uber cannot declare its drivers are self-employed and are not topic to minimal wage, however then attempt to restrict the hours that they will work.”
“Not like Uber drivers, all black cab drivers undertake enhanced driving exams and as such are effectively conscious of the risks of working lengthy hours. This excessive customary of security is mirrored within the low variety of accidents involving licensed black cab drivers”.