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Introduced in 2018, Uber’s driver hour limits were designed to reduce drowsy driving, but accidents continue to happen. Here’s what you need to know about Uber safety and the ride-hailing company’s hour limits.
Author: J. Blake Ledbetter, Partner, Conoscienti, Ledbetter & Archer
Mr. Ledbetter specializes in civil litigation in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, and possesses vast experience in wrongful death lawsuits. Mr. Ledbetter was recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2018 and 2019 in the area of Civil Litigation. Published on December 06, 2021, last updated on December 25, 2021.
After driving for 12 hours straight, Uber’s most active drivers are forced to log off of the app for a six-hour rest. This is due to the rideshare company’s 12-hour driving limit. After this limit was introduced in 2018, the driver version of the Uber app was upgraded to kick users out of the application after 12 hours of driving in a row.
Waiting times of more than five minutes are not counted as part of the 12-hour limit by the app. The entire point of a 12-hour limit with a six-hour break is to ensure safety.
These limits, intended to avoid accidents caused by sleepy driving, were already in place in several U.S. cities under municipal rules. Uber has extended the regulation to all U.S. drivers who use its app. Furthermore, Uber Eats drivers are subjected to the same 12-hour limit.
How Many Hours Do Uber Drivers Work?
Before the 12-hour limit was introduced, Uber drivers often worked up to 100 hours per week, or 14 hours and 15 minutes each day on average. That’s two hours longer than yellow cabbies are permitted to drive in many cities.
These long shifts were fueled by the company’s cutback on rates, ultimately endangering customers and other drivers sharing the roads. Additionally, because there are so many more of them on the streets every year, Uber drivers have felt the need to work such long hours because they make considerably less money than they used to.
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Uber currently caps the length of any single trip at eight hours. If there is no traffic on the highway, your Uber driver might quickly drive you 400 miles before the time limit kicks in.
On the other hand, if you’re attempting to get from one region of the U.S. to another, 8 hours might not be enough. However, while Uber journeys are restricted to 8 hours, you may always request another ride after your current one has ended.
If you’re taking a lengthy Uber ride, be sure to call your driver as soon as you connect to verify they’re comfortable with the long journey. Uber drivers must pay for their own gas and maintenance, and if they cannot locate a customer for their return journey, your long ride may not be beneficial for the driver.
What Time Do Uber Drivers Stop Driving?
You should be able to obtain an Uber ride at any time of the day, but you might have to wait a bit longer than usual if it’s a quiet hour like 3 a.m. or if there aren’t any drivers available to take your request.
Transportation at night might be a little more uncomfortable for some, while others feel safer since traffic isn’t high. However, safety cannot be guaranteed as car accidents may happen at any given moment. In fact, drivers may be more likely to get into an accident at night due to drowsiness or an elevated likelihood of intoxicated drivers being on the road.
If you have been involved in such a traumatic event, contact a rideshare accident lawyer at the Conoscienti, Ledbetter & Archer law firm to represent your case! When you call us at (404) 373-5800, our lawyers can evaluate your case for free and inform you if you have a solid case. Contact us today, and let us fight for your rights and the proper compensation that you deserve!