Underage Riders: Lyft, Uber Drivers Getting Requests To Take Young Kids To School Alone

CHARLOTTE, NC. — More and more Lyft and Uber drivers, regularly getting requests to take children to school alone! Drivers say parents are requesting rides of kids as young as elementary school age. Something that’s not allowed.

Uber driver Anthony Cuevas says dozens of parents have tried to put their young kids in his car by themselves.

“It happens all the time like mostly happens in the schools. If I get a request it will be to pick them up,” says Cuevas.

Cuevas says if they’re minors, he’ll cancel the ride.

“It’s amazing, I mean these kids are like 10 years old sometimes and you know the parents, they don’t care. I feel like Uber should enforce it more.”

Both Uber and Lyft prohibit unaccompanied riders under 18. They are the rules everyone agrees to when opening an account. Clearly, not everyone follows. A Louisiana mother was arrested in April after sending her 5-year-old child to school alone in a ride-sharing service.

Some drivers don’t enforce the policy either. One woman tells WCCB  she’s been using ride share programs to take her 10-year-old nephew to school. She always rides in the car with him. She was applauded by the driver’s response.

“The Lyft driver told me and my nephew, this is the first time I’ve ever seen someone ride with their child. And I said, what do you mean? They said yeah, I get them as young as 7,” the woman said.