The Uber Working Day

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Last June, in MQ 2017/2286 I asked: 'What consideration have you given to imposing a maximum 12-hour day on Uber's drivers - as is already the case in New York - given Uber's role in the increasing number of PHV accidents?' You responded 'Taxi and private hire vehicles are exempt from the EU Working Time Directive, which means maximum weekly working hours do not apply to drivers. I have asked Transport for London to give further consideration to this matter and determine whether more can be done to enforce standards through private hire regulation. What is the outcome of TfL's deliberations?


Answer for The Uber Working Day

Answer for The Uber Working Day

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the interest of public and driver safety, which is paramount, taxi and private hire drivers have a general duty to not drive when tired, as advised in the Highway Code. It is essential that all licensed drivers work in accordance with this duty and do not put themselves and passengers at risk. I would strongly encourage all licensed drivers to take regular breaks and always be mindful of the hours they have worked. Likewise, I encourage all private hire operators to ensure appropriate measures are in place to safeguard against tired and dangerous driving.


You will be aware that Uber has announced measures on driver working hours in the UK, although we would like to see further progress on this across the entire industry.


Improving working conditions for drivers has been raised as part of the Government’s Taxi and Private Hire Working Group, which TfL attends. TfL will continue to work with the group to address this important issue.


As you are no doubt aware, the Government recently committed to looking into working conditions within the wider ‘gig economy’, and I would welcome any changes that are brought forward to tackle this important issue.