One of the complaints against traditional taxis, in addition to the cost of travel, was that they were often dirty and poorly maintained. Uber and Lyft helped completely change the image of the dirty cab and the cranky cabbie, at a fraction of the cost.
But of course, along with the good, there have been some significant growing pains for both rideshare companies. Concerns about safety, corporate culture, and the treatment of drivers have made headlines in recent years. Dominguez Firm wants to keep you informed and updated about Lyft and Uber. The legal landscape regarding these companies is constantly evolving, but one thing is always certain: If you were injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, call Dominguez Firm immediately for a free consultation at 844-887-6853. Whether you have been a pedestrian, driver, cyclist, or passenger, you have rights and Dominguez Firm can help you.
Here’s information about Lyft and Uber vehicle and driver requirements.
Vehicle Requirements for Lyft and Uber
When you request a ride from Lyft and Uber, they won’t pick you up in a small two-door car. This is because none of the ride-sharing companies allow drivers to use subcompact two-door vehicles. Anyone who wants to be a Lyft and/or Uber driver must meet certain requirements and pass a vehicle inspection before being approved. Here in California, the basic vehicle requirements for Lyft and Uber are:
Anyone who wants to be a Lyft and/or Uber driver must meet certain requirements and pass a vehicle inspection before being approved. Here in California, the basic vehicle requirements for Lyft and Uber are:
- Uber requires all vehicles to be less than 15 years old. Lyft allows 2004 and 2003 vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area and some smaller cities.
- The vehicle must have four doors.
- It must be in good condition with no visible damage.
- The vehicle must have a California license plate
- Salvage title vehicles, advertising vehicles, or tinted windows are not allowed.
- Many subcompacts are also not allowed, even with four doors. Lyft provides a current list of subcompacts that are not eligible.
Both companies also require that all vehicles pass an inspection. They require one per year or upon reaching 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Lyft and Uber Vehicle Insurance Requirements
In addition to requiring each driver to have their own insurance, both Lyft and Uber provide additional insurance for drivers when they are in the app. If a driver is in an accident when they are not driving for Uber or Lyft, then they would be covered by their personal insurance.
When drivers are in the app and waiting for a ride (no riders yet), Uber and Lyft have the same policy limits:
When a driver is en route to pick up a passenger or is on a trip, both Uber and Lyft offer:
- $ 1,000,000 for civil liability;
- Uninsured / Underinsured Driver Bodily Injury;
- Integral contingent and collision;
They differ in the amount of the comprehensive and collision deductible. Uber offers drivers a $ 1,000 deductible. Lyft’s deductible is $ 2,500.
Driver Requirements for Lyft and Uber
Both Uber and Lyft conduct initial and annual background checks. Until recently, only Uber monitored drivers on an ongoing basis. However, after several serious criminal incidents involving Lyft drivers, including the murder of a female passenger in South Carolina, the ridesharing company announced improvements in driver ratings. Lyft will now team up with Uber in requiring ongoing criminal background checks. This will be in addition to your drivers current annual background check. Under its new system, arrests and convictions will appear immediately, allowing Lyft to fire the driver immediately.
Lyft also announced another new safety feature: identity verification for all drivers. Lyft plans to identify potentially fraudulent drivers — though it hasn’t said how — and request real-time photos, as well as a photo ID to compare the two.
The offenses that will terminate a driver from the Lyft platform for life include serious violent crimes and three minor driving offenses.
Uber and Lyft have the following driver requirements in California:
- Lyft requires at least one year of licensed driving experience in the US If the driver is under 23, Uber requires three years of driving experience in the US Neither Lyft nor Uber takes any experience into account driving abroad.
- A copy of the potential driver’s Motor Vehicle Report.
- The potential driver must undergo a criminal background check.
Lyft and Uber don’t conduct their own criminal background checks, they use outside companies to do so. Both look at a person’s criminal and driving record for a 7-year period. However, serious traffic offenses, such as driving under the influence (DUI), or a conviction for a prior offense can result in someone being turned away.
Three moving violations in a three-year range will also get someone turned away. This involves doing the following:
- Illegal money orders;
- Traffic light violations;
- Expired record labels;