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Do Uber/Lyft allow drivers to hand out business cards to passengers in order to promote their driving services?

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 Posted 3 years ago

This seems to happen a lot, especially when I take UberBlacks. In fact, pretty much every time.


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    2097 Rider
     3 years ago

    Well, at least for the time being, drivers are independent contractor and Uber and Lyft cannot tell them what to do or not to do.

    I suppose there are guidelines (called either Terms of Service or "policies"), but I don't think this isn't in there. (nor enforceable)

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     3 years ago

    UberBlack drivers mostly have livery licenses, so they can run their own car services (or their company can). So it's natural for them to advertise their service through business cards.

    They often target business travelers (more often UberBlack users). If they get you on the way to the destinations, they suggest you call them on the way back, say to the airport. It's not a bad arrangement as you get personalized service and you can split the cost savings of at least 25% that Uber/Lyft would end up taking.

    WIN WIN!

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    1296 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    On the SUV platform, yes since they have commercial insurance. On lower platforms, no it's not legal but a lot of drivers do it since U/L don't pay them enough for the rides or keep a massive chunk of what the passenger pays. Poaching Uber Lyft pax is done but in the case of an accident, it's big trouble.