A Sydney Uber driver has been charged over the death of a passenger who fell in front of a bus and died in the city’s CBD.
A 30-year-old man got out of the ride-sharing vehicle at a set of traffic lights near the intersection of Bathurst Street in the early hours of June 17 and fell onto the road and into the path of a bus when the car accelerated, police say. It’s alleged the 30-year-old Uber driver had been working for about 21 hours without a substantial break at the time of the incident. He will face Downing Centre Local Court on January 24 charged with negligent driving occasioning death. Uber has “reached out to law enforcement and offered to help in any way” a company spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. Following the incident, Uber implemented an automated log-off period for drivers on the road for 12 hours, an Uber spokesman said. From October 27 in NSW, the Uber app was updated to automatically log-off drivers for a six-hour break after they had been online and driving for 12 hours. The policy goes nationwide from Friday, Uber said.