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Available Expert - Uber's new policy will force drivers to take a break from driving

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Queen’s University business professor John-Kurt Pliniussen is available to comment on a new policy from Uber. Under the new rules, drivers in Canada trying to work for more than 12 hours straight will be forced to take a six-hour break before they hit the road again. The Uber app will block drivers from taking new customers.

“This is well intentioned and has already been rolled out across the rest of Uber’s world locations, with little success,” says Dr. Pliniussen. “There is little to suggest that this will make any difference to the consumers who mostly want quick/instant pickup, friendly drivers, clean vehicles, and perceived fair value, in that order. In Canada, Uber and Lyft are now being besieged by new, innovative ride sharing companies like InstaRyde, KangaRide,  CarPoolWorld, and eco-focused FaceDrive. All are now aggressively competing for friendly drivers with newer vehicles. Many drivers are driving for several companies, something Uber’s new app cannot measure.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Dave Rideout (613-533-6000 ext. 79648 or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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