I will outline some common safety concerns and share experiences and suggestions to keep you safe.
Driver fatigue is one such potential liability; a common scenario has drivers that work 8-12 hours in their "day job" and then go out and drive Uber for another four to six hours. Another person might drive Uber 24-36 hours nonstop. Professional drivers are held accountable and required to keep logs of their working hours to prevent catastrophic driver fatigue. They are also required to submit to random drug testing.
In my experience, I was not faced with any current mechanism in place to monitor these factors. Uber could easily implement a solution since all driver access to the network is monitored. The company could simply set a network policy to restrict driver access after a predetermined maximum continuous driving shift or restrict the maximum total driving hours in a 24-hour period. If Uber implemented these policies, however, that would mean fewer drivers driving fewer hours collecting fewer fares resulting in a smaller profit for Uber. Based on my experience and rider feedback, this is a potential public safety issue and a call for greater public scrutiny and government oversight.
To their credit Lyft has already implemented a control that limits the amount of hours within a 24 hour period that a driver can stay online to accept rides.
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