In the world of taxiing, carting, trucking and hauling good as a driver, the name of the game has always been work as many hours a possible to make as much money per paycheck as possible. Well, the blowback began decades ago when commercial carriers started getting busted for doing methamphetamines and even cocaine to stay awake on long-distance treks.
Now, it seems the other shoe may be dropping on the taxi and private pay-for-hire driver services industry, such Uber and Lyft.
Is Driver Fatigue a Problem for Taxi/Uber Drivers?
On Monday July 18, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to limit the number of hours drivers could spend transporting passengers. Their original consensus was to mandate a limit of 12 hours per day and 72 hours in a given work week.
The new rules won’t take effect until Nov. 1, in order to give the commissioners more time to evaluate their own ruling, so that they “arrive at a more exact method” of accumulating data and facts on driving and fatigue.
“Our discussion has shifted to what is the best way to calculate fatigue, and the difficulty in doing so in a world with differing levels of data,” said commission chairwoman Meera Joshi.
There’s a very good chance that if New York sets a precedent with establishing hourly limitations for taxi and private for-hire drivers who transport passengers, then other states will follow suit.
The following facts have been reported & published by the Transport Accident Commission:
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