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.

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 update is expected to roll out nationally in the US. Drivers will also receive a warning after 10 hours of driving to let them know they are approaching the 12-hour limit. A second warning will come after the 11th hour, and a third notification will serve as a 30-minute warning.

How It Works
The update will work like this:
  • 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
Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator and editor of, an online digital platform focusing on technology in Ghana. Email: [email protected]

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