As a Lyft or Uber driver, can I choose to only give rides to friends and family?
The Guru Take
No, not by design. It may work short-term. Eventually will be deactivated.
Once you sign up as a Lyft or Uber driver, and you activate the drive app, you have no control over who you are matched up with. You are at the mercy of their algorithm to be matched up with passengers.
You could potentially do this:
- You only activate the driver app near your friend, and then he or she requests a ride immediately.
- You do this only in areas where other drivers are scarce.
- You do this only when your friend is near you. (so you are the closest driver)
- You decline every request besides your friend's request.
Even the steps above will not guarantee you a ride, most likely because of #4. As a Lyft driver, you must keep up a certain "accentance rate %", which will fall every time you decline a passenger request. Eventually, you will either be deactivated.
And also...why would you do this? Why go through Uber and Lyft who takes 20~25% of the fare? Can't you just give your friends and family your cell phone number and have them pay you in cash? :)