When You Use a Ride-Hailing Service
You’re Depending on a Stranger

Be Safe Rides Mission

Our mission at Be Safe Rides is to educate consumers and business travelers about the safety risks of not knowing who’s driving you. Daily, there are articles, posts and tweets about #Uber and more cases involving harassment and assault with #Uberdrivers and #Uberdanger and #Lyft. How protected are you as a rider and driver?

Ground Transportation Providers

Prospects must undergo face-to-face interviews.

Fingerprinting and background checks are required.

Insurance company screenings of all prospects and employee’s driver’s license and record. In many cases, if the prospect has four or more points they are disqualified.

Prospects are fingerprinted and undergo background checks by the police in the state in which they operate.

All drivers are paid as employees and receive worker’s compensation, unemployment, are required to pay state and federal income tax.

Employers must abide by the Department of Labor laws which includes minimum wage law.

Federal law requires each vehicle has $1.5 million in liability insurance.

All providers are licensed by state, local and federal agencies, which includes an operating license from the local town, state government with a federal I.D. number.

All vehicles undergo preventive monthly vehicle maintenance and cleaning daily.

All vehicles have heat and air-conditioning on-demand

Immediate access to the transportation service provider, via email, telephone, or in-person, before, during and after the trip.

Ride-Hailing Services

Uber is a digital platform, not an employer.

Drivers don’t undergo fingerprinting and background checks.

There is little oversight of cars and drivers are not required to check into an office.

There isn’t a central source to obtain information about liability insurance which differs by city and state.

For example, in New Jersey and California drivers are required to carry bodily injury liability coverage of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident minimum.

In Texas, current minimum liability limits are $30,000 for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident.

There’s a lack of transparency about what type of insurance Uber offers.

Drivers are misclassified as independent contractors (as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor).

Drivers use their own cars which are not commercially certified. #uberscam

Driver Disability Payments: earnings replacement to a maximum of $500/week.

Drivers don’t know what they’ll make per hour.