In an unprecedented incident in Maharashtra, a 28 year old woman was forced to take charge of her Uber cab en route to Mumbai from Pune when she noticed that the cab driver was falling asleep.
The incident took place on the 21st of February and only surfaced when Tejaswini Divya Naik, the passenger, posted videos about it on social media. Ms Naik said that at around 1 PM on the 21st February, she booked a cab from Pune for her home in Mumbai’s Andheri. She said, “Initially, the driver was constantly on the phone and I told him not to use the phone while driving. After he put the phone down, he started falling asleep,”.
Allegedly, the cab driver almost hit a divider and another car on the road and then was when she offered to drive the car herself if he needed to take a quick nap.
Ms Naik works in the film industry and said that when the driver of her cab “finally relented, I took the wheel and told him that he could sleep for half an hour as I would not drive for long because of my back problem,”.
However, she added that instead of sleeping while she drove the car, the cab driver talked on the phone and then praised her of her driving skills.
After a while, the cab driver finally slept and it was then when Ms Naik clicked photos and shot videos for proof. She said that after that she posted a video of this incident on social media and even tagged Uber.
The even more bizarre thing here is that the driver only woke up 30 mins ahead of the destination and then took over his duties.
A leading news agency quoted a spokesperson from Uber who said, “This is a regrettable and concerning incident. Upon learning about this, the driver partner’s access to the app has been suspended.”