Uber, Ola drivers can work only 12 hours a day

No driver attached to the passenger vehicle aggregators such as Uber and Ola would be allowed to drive their vehicles for more than 12 hours a day even if they are attached to more than one aggregator, according to the guidelines issued by the road transport ministry. The aggregators would have to develop the mechanism on their apps for this purpose and would ensure every driver gets at least 10 hours rest.

Putting safety as the highest priority, the guidelines also mandate five-day training to drivers before attaching the vehicles to their platforms and would also need to provide two-day annual refresher training to their driver partners. Moreover, drivers who have less than 2% score from riders will need to undergo a mandatory “remedial training programme”.

The aggregators would have to ensure compliance on the part of drivers, which include valid proof of identity, driving licence, minimum driving experience of two years and police verification. The drivers attached should not have been convicted within the past three years for driving under the influence of alcohol or any cognisable offence including fraud, sexual offences, use of a motor vehicle to commit a cognisable offence, a crime involving property damage or theft or acts of violence.

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