I did notice they bulit this mechanis in the app, but I realized that it doesn't count the time I am offline or waiting in airport queues and such. So I can extend this for way more than 12 hours they claim.
Utilizing this behavior of the app (which doesn't count the time I am offline with Uber), I am assuming I can drive as much as I want as long as I have both Lyft and Uber open. This splits the time between them. It'll work, right?
You technically could, but you may still be violating the city ordinances
As you are aware, there are maximum operating hours for both Uber and Lyft driver apps, where the app will shut down (i.e. prevent you from going online) after continuous 10, 12 or 14 hours of driving. (more info on this thread)
Yes, you could theoretically avoid hitting these app-imposed limits by driving for multiple companies; however, we do not recommend this practie for at least two reasons:
- Safety. There is a reason this mechanism exists. If you, as a driver, had a long shift of continuous driving, you probably should gete some rest. One accident or a slip-up can not only cost you a few dollars but also cause significant injuries or even death. Take a break!
- City Ordinances. In cities where there are ordinances around driving limits, the authorities can issue fines to drivers who circumvent these safety measures. If you spend time online with multiple companies, it is important to keep track of your total online time.
- Auto or Rideshare Insurance. Some insurance policies often state in the terms and conditions that you must comply with laws and city ordinances. (Some may even restrict the number of hours driven.) Since you do not want to be operating a vehicle or driving customers without insurance coverage, please do comply!
Uber Driver, CEO of TaxiFareFinder and Unleashed, LLC