Uber drivers a danger to public safety, warns union

From BBC - December 19, 2017

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.

The hearing will determine whether the union can take part in the taxi app's battle to renew its London licence.

Transport for London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its licence in September.

An Uber spokeperson said it would "shortly be introducing hours limits" for drivers in its app. It said that on average, drivers spent 30 hours a week logged into its app.

"We take the issue of tired driving seriously, which is why we regularly remind drivers to take rest breaks," they added.

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.


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