For many Uber and taxi drivers, being able to drive long hours is the only way that they can make a sustainable living. Recently, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to change their shift regulations.
These new regulations affect all of the city’s taxi cabs, and their for-hire cars (including Uber) as they try to combat driver fatigue. Beginning November 2016, all drivers will be limited to driving 12 hours within a 24 hour time span, and to a total of 72 hours per week. Violating these regulations could result in fines being levied against the driver, and/or their suspension.
Capping driver shifts is believed to be a response to a November 2015 event in which a taxi driver hit an 88-year-old woman during an 18 hour shift. In addition, Uber has cut their fares on a number of occasions, resulting in drivers who driver more and more in order to make their income.
A taxi driver (Samkar Padder) previously told the New York Times “this is an injustice, without 14 hours, you can’t make $400 a day. Without that money, I cannot feed my family.”
What are your thoughts on limiting how long drivers are allowed to drive for?