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Uber questioned on drivers' working hours

30 November 2017

Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, writes to Uber for details on their efforts to introduce limits on the number of hours its drivers work amid concerns over driver and passenger safety.

The BEIS Committee Chair has also pressed Uber for more information on the hours worked by its drivers, following Uber's failure to disclose details (PDF PDF 153 KB) to the Committee relating to how many of its drivers are working more than 70 and 80 hours a week.

Uber had previously appeared before the BEIS Committee on 10 October as part of its joint inquiry on the Taylor Review of modern working practices.

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Passengers booking journeys through Uber will want to know they are safe and secure.

Uber needs to provide reassurance on these issues by setting out when it will introduce driver hour limits for its workforce and spell out what these limits will be.

Drivers working long hours risk compromising the safety of both themselves and their passengers.

It is strange that a data-driven business like Uber appears unable to answer our question on how many of its drivers are working more than 70 and 80 hours a week.

We expect them to now respond with the missing figures."

The letter can be found on the Committee's website.

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