New Delhi: A female passenger on board a ride by leading taxi service provider had to drive herself home from Pune to Mumbai after the driver fell asleep while steering the wheel on Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Also Read - Uber to Cut 3,000 More Jobs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The 28-year-old advertising professional, identified as Tejaswini Divya Naik, had called for an Uber rental cab for a drive to reach her home in Mumbai around 1 PM on February 21. Upon taking the ride, she was whiling away time chatting on phone like most passengers as the initial miles seemed alright until she noticed the driver constantly shaking his head from nodding off at the wheel. Also Read - Uber to Resume Cab Services Soon, Issues COVID-19 Guidelines For Drivers, Riders
She alleged that she almost got involved in two accidents and at one point, the driver almost hit another car and a divider. That is when she offered to take control of the car and let the man take a nap. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0 Guidelines: Cabs to be Back in All States After Two Months, But No Pooling Allowed
“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,” she told news agency PTI.
“When he 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,” she said.
However, once she started driving, she claimed, instead of sleeping, the cab driver kept talking on the phone and even praised her driving skills. Once he finally slept Naik took videos of him for a proof of the incident and later posted the clip on social media tagging the taxi provider, Uber India.
Upon learning about the incident, Uber has suspended the driver partner’s access to the app.