There have been stories by Uber riders saying that their drivers have looked drowsy and tired when taking riders. It’s a dangerous thing and can be fatal for both the driver and rider.
My Uber @UberNigeria Driver is literally sleeping on the wheel. Insisting and Begging the guy to let me drive. He is saying no. Can’t ask him to drop me, we are on 3rd Mainland. pic.twitter.com/Pl4OX4SeN1
— Gossy Ukanwoke (@gossyomega) February 15, 2018
Uber recently announced that it would require its most frequent drivers to take six-hour breaks after driving for 12 hours straight. Uber is updating the driver version of the app so that it logs off after counting 12 hours of driving, and drivers will not be able to log on until after the app registers six hours offline.
- The feature will count driving time, making it easy for drivers to keep tabs on how long they’ve been driving with Uber
- It provides periodic notifications when approaching the 12-hour driving time limit and then automatically goes offline for six straight hours when the max has been reached
- After the six hours, driving time resets and drivers can go online again to receive trip requests.
Coming To Ghana?
There have been stories of Uber drivers being involved in accidents either because of fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel. So will the Uber update eventually roll out to Ghanaian Uber drivers? We’ll have to wait and see but this is actually a good policy to have.
Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator and editor of TechNovaGh.com, an online digital platform focusing on technology in Ghana.
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