Last Friday night I get a request on Lyft XL 8 min away at 1030pm at Dave & Busters. I assume its a family, bachelor party, etc... I pull up its 2 young 20 something females with 4 toddlers all under age of 4. They were tiny little children maybe 25lbs soaking wet. I start with sorry cant take you. Mom asks why? You have 4 toddlers with no car seats. Moms first response is "i guess i have to pay cancellation fee". I replied, I'll wave the fee but I did just drive here on my time and gas, you should know its against the law to transport children with no car seat. Mom, how am I supposed to know that? Me, are you serious you have 4 children you should know. Try getting some parenting classes and some common sense. Mom, the last driver took us. Me, last driver was an idiot. Mom, have a f@#k#@g good night. Me, my night will be good as I wont have 4 dead children on my conscience. Mom went off cussing and yelling. Finally I said, I am not waving cancel fee and its pretty sad you dont care enough to keep your children safe @ssh@#e. I drove off and contacted Lyft. Of course got some BS response. They did say they reached out to mom. Mom should've been deactivated along with driver. Sent another email asking why there are no repercussions and this continues to be an issue. No response. They paid me 5.00 at Lyft's loss not moms. Never received answer if they reached out to driver. That was my 1st and last ride Friday night. I am beyond annoyed, frustrated, angry, and disgusted by these parents who just dint give a damn and by drivers who just dont give a damn (fare is more important). Yes it sucks to pull up and waste time and money but is it really worth it???? No, it shouldnt be our responsibility to care for other peoples children. However it is our responsibility to uphold the laws regarding child safety seats.
Uber and Lyft need to make this a priority. Any driver caught driving children with no seats should be deactivated. Every rider requesting ride with children and no seat should be deactivated also. No excuse. Rider should be charged with 25.00 fee if driver shows up & their is a child no seat. Maybe that would prevent these irresponsible parents from putting their kids in danger. It should prevent drivers from taking these kids with no seat also.
When you put your kid in a car with a stranger you do not know if they are high, drunk, tired, or just plain careless. Even if driver is very safe what about the other idiots on the road? Dont think it will not happen to your child. I am sure every parent with a permanently injured or dead child thought the way you did. Your job is to protect your children at least until the age of 18. Do your job KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE.
Can someone please explain wth is wrong with these parents? Does driver realize when they get in accident U/L going to say "its in rules not to drive kids with no car seat, therefore we are not responsible". Do drivers realize there is something called vehicular mansalaughter (3 to 15 yrs in prison)? Endangering the welfare of a child? Lawsuits? Just knowing I killed a child (my fault or another drivers fault, they were in my car with no seat) how could you live with that for the rest of your life? As many as 90% of Child deaths and injuries can be prevented by putting child in proper safety seat. It is the #1 killer of children.
UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS PLEASE STOP DRIVING CHILDREN IN YOUR CAR WITHOUT A PROPER SAFETY SEAT.
That $10/$20 ride is so not worth the risk. Fines, jail time, lawyer fees, etc... Is it really worth it? Not to mention living with the memories of killing a child. They child is going to fly through your car window or windshield. Or be killed by an airbag. WTH are you thinking?
THINK BEFORE YOU DRIVE A CHILD.
PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR CITY/STATE LAWS AS THEY MAY DIFFER FROM INFO BELOW
Children ages 6 to 9 yrs old need to be in booster seat unless they are over 4'9" and over 50 lbs. Children 5 and under need to be in approved, non recalled child safety seat.
DO NOT DRIVE CHILDREN WITH NO CAR SEAT.
DECLINE RIDERS WITH CHILDREN IF THEY DONT HAVE SAFETY SEATS
RIDERS WITH CHILDREN NO SEAT NO RIDE
PARENT WITH CHILD = NO CAR SEAT NO RIDE