July 20, 2017

Uber doesn’t want Massachusetts to limit driver hours

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Uber is contesting a proposed Massachusetts rule that would limit the number of hours its drivers can work. Uber, which has earned a reputation of fighting regulators at nearly every turn, is contesting a proposed rule in Massachusetts that would cap the number of hours its drivers can work in a day or week, despite complying with similar standards elsewhere.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities would bar drivers of ride-hailing services from working more than 12 consecutive hours, 16 total hours in a single day, or 70 hours in a week. Any driver who logged 16 hours in a day would be required to take eight hours off. Such restrictions are becoming more common as authorities in many states seek to prevent accidents from tired drivers.

But in a letter submitted to the Massachusetts regulators this week, Uber said the proposed limits are “overly burdensome,” and urged officials to take a “flexible regulatory approach” to driver hours.

Yet Uber complies with similar restrictions in many other jurisdictions. In New York City in 2016, the company voluntarily imposed limits on drivers after the New York Post quoted several Uber drivers complaining about working double-digit shifts in order to make a living. At […]

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