Take a break! Uber drivers must rest 6 hours after driving 12

Take a break! Uber drivers must rest 6 hours after driving 12

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In a new update to its app announced Monday, Uber drivers will now be forced to take a six-hour break after a total of 12 hours of driving time. Drivers will not be able to accept new riders during that rest period.

In a blog post, the company said it will “strengthen our approach to help keep riders and drivers safe on the road while preserving the flexibility drivers tell us they love.” The post added that 60 percent of its drivers are only on the road for 10 hours or less per week.

By contrast, federal regulations stipulate that bus drivers may only drive 10 consecutive hours after having had eight hours off duty.

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