Dec 19, 2017

Uber drivers a danger to public safety, warns union

Uber drivers work "Excessive hours", making the taxi app service a danger to public safety, a union has warned. The GMB Union told Westminster Magistrates' Court it had evidence that Uber "Encourages and incentivises" its drivers to work long hours. An Uber spokeperson said it would "Shortly be introducing hours limits" for drivers in its app. GMB representative Gerry Facenna told the court that it wanted Uber to introduce a maximum hours cap for drivers, as well as a limit on how many drivers can operate in one area at the same time. In response to the committee's request on driver hours, Uber said last month that over a quarter of its drivers used the app for more than 40 hours a week and more than 2,000 drivers used the app for more than 60 hours.

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