How Many Hours is your Uber/Lyft Driver Driving?

What if you could make $300 a day, would you work any number of hours to get to that goal? What if you were responsible for a passenger in your car, and that job was driving? That’s exactly what’s happening in Nashville with the Uber and Lyft drivers. We’ve found drivers working over 15 hours in a day behind the wheel.

How would you feel knowing your Uber/Lyft driver was working 15 hours behind the wheel? Would you feel that was safe for them to drive you to your destination? The number of hours that an Uber/Lyft Driver can work in any day or week is not limited by either Uber/Lyft or by any local/state/federal regulations, at least not here in Nashville.

Here in Nashville, there is nothing to stop a driver from driving unlimited hours – and many do. We have examples of drivers working 10, 12, 15 hours a day – and that’s in addition to some of them working a full 8 hours at their full time job. If they were a commercial driver they would be subjected to the DOT regulations, such asĀ  60-hour/7-day limit and 70-hour/8-day limit, and a 14 hour consecutive-hour period, and 11-driving hours during that time, along with mandatory off/rest time of 10 hours – but no such limits currently exist here.

Would you drive 11.5 hours in a day (just one one platform – there may have been additional hours on a second one) to make nearly $300? Many ride-share drivers are doing just that. Here’s last Saturday’s hours just for one driver, Eric Melton:

Here’s a brand new driver, working 15 hours a day behind the wheel:

Montgomery Breda’s $566 earning for one week seems average for 34.5 hours of driving time for one week – until you realize he also works a full-time 40/hr week job in addition to those 34.5 hours of driving time just for Lyft. That’s a minimum of 74.5 hours worked this week, but likely much more actual time when you including waiting, prep, etc.. An additional 34.5 hours means he was either working an extra 7 hours after his 8 hour day-job shift, or working 34.5 hours in a weekend, or a combination of the two. Even working a full 8 hours driving on the weekend days, that leaves an extra 4 hours or driving on every weekday.

Driver Shawn Reed – just last week worked nearly 62 hours behind the wheel for Lyft. He worked additional hours for Uber (since you can’t be actively driving for both, if you average the pay that’s approximately an extra 18 hours of Uber driving in addition to Lyft’s 62 hours) – a potential total of 80 hours a week behind the wheel in 7 days.

Using the same averages, here’s a week in April where he worked an estimated 58 hours just for Uber in one week consisting of 90 trips – this does not account for any Lyft hours driven:

Here, we have drivers admitting that if they work over 8 hours driving they are doing thing like missing exits and making ‘stupid mistakes’. Jernigan below admits to working 40-50 hours, in 3.5 consecutive days.

Robert Stafford, who also drives a commercial truck for his full-time job, drives Uber to make extra money. So he is regulated in the max hours while driving his truck (CDL), but not while working afterwards for Uber.

Here’s another Reed earnings/timecard from May, showing that he worked nearly 70 hours just driving for Lyft, and does not include any Uber driving hours:

During last week’s CMA Fest & other downtown madness, drivers were not only working crazy hours, but making great money. Rhodes-Ogle worked 26 hours in 2.5 days – for a $491 payout; but she also drove only 4 hours sleep after a cross-country trip from Seattle to Nashville.

Another pay report from Reed, driving nearly 12 hours just one one of the ride-share platforms, to make nearly $200.

Here, drivers discuss their hours and Theresa Steward, who goes by ‘Star Williams’ on social media, admits that she’s been driving for hours, is going to take a nap at nearly 5AM so she can be back at it for the day at 9AM – on less than 4 hours of sleep. Chris Patton works past 11 hours to try to make his daily goal:

So how many hours are too many to be driving a passenger for Lyft or Uber? NYC recently got together with Uber, who agreed to ‘attempt’ to limit driver’s hours to 12 consecutive hours:

Without pressure from the city or state, regulations such as this won’t be coming to Tennessee any time soon. Have you experienced a tired or sleepy Uber/Lyft driver? Let us know! tips@eastnashville.news or Contact Us here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. James

    I drive an average between 40 and 50 hours a week. Thanks to Uber lowering the rates so much for riders, it forces drivers to work much harder and longer to make the same money as they used to. One day I drove for 15 hours or so. BUT, I also took several breaks, a d even a power nap or 2. Having military background, I’m used to long days, but SURELY will NOT put any passanger in harm’s way if I start feeling tired. Different people have different capacities. I think you’re judging too harshly without all of the facts.

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  2. Uber Driver

    Oh imagine this, ENN idiots got it wrong yet again because they are “reporting” on something they know nothing about.

    Error 1. Lyft and Uber both have a cut off point in the app that after 14 hours of driving time the app will cut off automatically and not allow you to log back on for 6 hours.

    Error 2: Most of the drivers that are driving those 10 hour days are driving them because ride share is their only job. If you’d bothered to ask any of those drivers about the number of hours they are driving, you’d actually know this. Instead you assume all these people have full time jobs and falsely report that they have those full time jobs that they don’t have. In fact most drivers do Uber/Lyft full time and that is all they do.

    Error 3: Your time calculations so your lack of knowledge about Uber/Lyft. If my driving report says I’ve been on 100 hours a week, it doesn’t mean I was driving 100 hours in that week. It means I was logged on that many hours. I could drive 20 hours a week and still be logged on 100, you’d never know the difference. So as you’re sitting here saying someone drove 34.5 hours not including breaks and food and wait time, no, that’s not at all accurate. That includes all of that. And a 74.5 hour work week actually isn’t that unusual for people that work and have two real jobs, not just printing fake news and making money off tabloid advertisers.

    Error 4: Drivers can be logged on Uber and Lyft both at the same time. There is an app that will turn one off while we drive for the other and switch them back on again, which allows us to get calls from first come first serve. Some people just switch them up manually though. Which mean something half those hours could be wait time a driver sat at the airport relaxing on a break waiting for rides in the airport ride share cue.

    And I’m not even half way through the article.

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  3. Ida Faye Rhodes-Ogle

    I did a cross country trip from Seattle to Nashville, on a red-eye flight in which I slept 5 hrs in the air. Then I went home and slept another 4. That’s 9 hrs of sleep before I drove for 6 hrs Saturday night. Maybe you should get the whole story.

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