Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has said the company has no intention of hiring more drivers, which has raised questions about whether the company is planning to add new drivers in the near future.
Kalanik said during a companywide conference call on Tuesday that Uber had no plans at this time to add drivers to its driver-partnership model, which is one of the largest on the planet.
Kalanki added that he believed the company’s drivers had “excellent relationships with drivers,” and that he hoped to see more of the company employing people.
Kalanos plan to continue to expand its driver partnership model for a short period of time.
Kalans team is a key part of Uber’s drive to expand into new markets.
Kalani has long been an outspoken critic of Uber drivers, who he views as having an unfair advantage over Uber’s self-driving vehicles.
Kalanes recent comments were made during an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he said he thought Uber’s drivers were being treated unfairly, and that the company would eventually change its practices to be more fair to them.
The Uber CEO also said the driver partnership model was “not ideal” for the company, adding that the “market is changing,” and drivers would likely be the “last driver to be added.”
Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanes statement on drivers.twitter.com/xqzVnqE7o0