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Uber makes changes to prevent drowsy driving

TAMPA (WFLA) - Uber has made policy changes to prevent drowsy driving.

The ride-sharing company's new policy will require drivers to take a 6-hour break after 12 consecutive hours of driving. 

Uber plans to enforce this policy with an app feature that counts down available driving hours, warning drivers when they have two hours, one hour and 30 minutes of driving time remaining. After the driver has reached 12 hours of consecutive driving they will be forced offline, meaning they can't pick up any rides, for 6 straight hours.

"It is good. You can't drive more than 12 hours but if you are just online and not driving anywhere, just sitting there that time isn't counted against you," said Wally Daeffler, an Uber driver in Tampa.

Daeffler has driven for Uber in Tampa for the last three years. He says there have been shifts where he has felt he was too tired to drive.

"There have been nights when I've gotten tired and just gone offline, pulled over, taken a nap for an hour and then gone home. It is a good policy to have," he said.

This move likely won't change your ability to hail a ride from Uber. According to the company, 60 percent of drivers are behind the wheel less than 10 hours a week.

You can learn more about Uber's drowsy driving policy here.

Lyft has required drivers to take a 6-hour break for every 14 hours spent in driver mode since January 2014.


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