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Uber to force its drivers to take a six-hour break after 12-hour driving stints

The update to the app is expected to roll out nationally over a two-week period.
Uber introduced its new policy as an effort to combat drowsy driving

Taxi-hailing app developer Uber is to force its drivers to take a six-hour break after racking up 12 hours of driving time.

The new feature will count driving time, making it easy for drivers to keep track of how long they’ve been driving with Uber.

The drivers' app provides periodic notifications when approaching the 12-hour driving time limit and then automatically goes off-line for six straight hours when the maximum has been reached.

“Driver fatigue is a serious and under-appreciated traffic safety issue, and states need all the help they can get to address it,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

“This new feature has tremendous potential to protect not only Uber driver-partners, but also their passengers and, ultimately, all road users,” he added.

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