Do Uber and Lyft require drivers to display the window placards? Why don't I always see them?
The Guru Take
Placards are required to pick up at certain locations and/or required to drive passengers in certain cities/states
Placards (i.e. stickers or the dashboard lights) can be requirements for picking up in certain locations such as airports and to pick up passengers in certain cities. These are requests or sometimes even regulations set forth by the city or the airport.
While the above is technically true, Lyft and Uber seem to have taken the stance that they are always required, and they are now instructing their drivers they must have the stickers affixed on the vehicles. Many drivers have argued this for a few reasons such as:
a) They are independent contractors and they drive their own vehicles.
b) The regulations and requirements to display the stickers is only limited to certain locations. They are usually very specific such at the airports.
c) They see this as ploy for Uber and Lyft to get afree advertisement.