Is that legit? or better yet, legal? I am not breaking the terms of using the Uber account as I am the one with the account and credite card. I have three children and I'd love to utilize Uber or Lyft. Safe too.
Can a parent order Uber or Lyft for a teenager? My kids?
The Guru Take
No, not allowed by Uber or Lyft
No, unfortunately that is not legit. You cannot call an Uber or Lyft for your teenagers under 18, as they are not allowed to ride unless they are accompanied by an adult. More on the terms below.
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Per Uber's terms of service, there are two aspects that prohibit minors, children under the age 18, from utilizing their service. One is an ability to open and use the account. The other is to actually use the service. You are only considering the first part.
Section 4 of Uber's Terms of Service states:
User Account: In order to use most aspects of the Services, you must register for and maintain an active personal user Services account ("Account"). You must be at least 18 years of age, or the age of legal majority in your jurisdiction (if different than 18), to obtain an Account, unless a specific Service permits otherwise.
User Requirements and Conduct: The Service is not available for use by persons under the age of 18. You may not authorize third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive transportation or logistics services from Third Party Providers unless they are accompanied by you. (Full terms here)
(Addendum: This does not mean that people don’t do it. In fact, many are doing this now and it is starting to become a problem. Many drivers do not know what to do exactly and may turn a blind eye. However, they can get into trouble for transporting minors, say have their account deactivated or in a case of an accident have their claim be denied by their insurance company.)
So interesting that a 14 year old can fly alone across the US, sit on the exit row and operate the door in an emergency. But cannot properly “open an account” and ride an Uber.