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What do you do if your seemingly under-age passenger (i.e. minor) refuses to show you his or her ID?

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SteffGart24
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 Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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If you ask someone underage, they will know you are checking to see if they should deny you the ride. Hence, they have a good reason to NOT show you the ID.

Plus, some kids don't have IDs.

Plus, in some cases, there are legit reasons people don't want to show the IDs. Say, a female who doesn't want to show the creepy driver where she lives.

Don't we have a predicament here...

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    Wes
    1555 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    Personally I would never ask for ID.  If i felt they were seriously under 18, i would ask them their age.  If they tell me they're 18, then I don't question them.  If they lied to me, then we would settle that matter in court in the event of Uber/Lyft arguing that as a defense in the event of an accident.

    Honestly, even though it is in the TOS, I've NEVER heard of either company using that as a defense strategy.

    Unless it was somehow construed as a "factor" in an acccident, and I can't imagine that happening, it would never be mentioned in a court case.

    Also keep in mind there are some markets where Uber has a service directed towards underage kids - so it's only a matter of time until we will some iteration of that in our market.

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      ShadyPeteMD
      164 Driver
       2 months ago

      I think those companies are falling like flies though. It's really hard to figure out the liability aspect of that business when it comes to minors. With so many regulations, laws, and demands from insurance carriers, they all end up being licensed school bus companies.

      It's a shame because there is a huge market for it.

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    JavierX
    191 Driver
     2 months ago

    Well, if the passenger says she doesn't have an ID, that is a red flag, because anyone over 16 would likely have at least a driver's license. (in most states, and at least in suburbs/rural areas)

    If the passenger declines due to privacy, I guess that is time to back off. I will just drive.

    At the end of the day, you have to have good judgement of how old you think the person is. If you feel uncomfortable, it's time to cancel and report it to Uber.

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    Bigfrank
    394 Driver Driver Rider
     2 months ago

    As long as I get paid  she could have a pacifier in her mouth. My surround video and voice record protects me from liars and scam jammers

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    DDominico69
    159 Driver
     2 months ago

    I never even thought of the privacy thing. I suppose there are other reasons than not being 18 to not share the ID. Ha!

    Honestly, if you asked for an ID and they either lie or cannot produce proof, I feel like the liability falls back on them. Hence if anything were to happen, we'd be protected.

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      BrendonAE
      33
       2 months ago

      I don't think liability works like that. You ask, so you are immediately absolved of your responsibilities?  No way. Maybe if the person lied, but not if they don't have an ID.

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    JimHemlock
    133 Rider
     2 months ago

    Oh, snap. what a fantastic question. 

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    GundamX10
    28
     2 months ago

    Oh, man, what a great question. I am not touching it though.