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Über and Lyft do not allow unaccompanied minors

Below are the Über and Lyft policies. Unaccompanied minors are against policy, and any insurance or safeguards do not apply to underage passengers. Do you really want you child using these services without you?

Über Policy

User Requirements and Conduct (https://www.uber.com/legal/terms/us/)

The Service is not available for use by persons under the age of 18. You may not authorize third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive transportation or logistics services from Third Party Providers unless they are accompanied by you. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your Account to any other person or entity. You agree to comply with all applicable laws when accessing or using the Services, and you may only access or use the Services for lawful purposes (e.g., no transport of unlawful or hazardous materials). You may not in your access or use of the Services cause nuisance, annoyance, inconvenience, or property damage, whether to the Third Party Provider or any other party. In certain instances you may be asked to provide proof of identity to access or use the Services, and you agree that you may be denied access to or use of the Services if you refuse to provide proof of identity.

Lyft Policy

Eligibility (https://www.lyft.com/terms)

The Lyft Platform may only be used by individuals who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. The Lyft Platform is not available to children (persons under the age of 18) or Users who have had their User account temporarily or permanently deactivated. By becoming a User, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old and that you have the right, authority and capacity to enter into and abide by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. You may not allow other persons to use your User account, and you agree that you are the sole authorized user of your account.

Shuddle closes operations.

Parents know that the only safe way to have their kids get a ride is with someone they know. KYDRides puts the power in parents hands. Know Your Driver….

Shuddle, the Uber-like service for getting your kids around, is shutting down tomorrow

Shuddle’s main pitch point was their focus on safety: They did intense background checks on drivers, monitored drivers to ensure they stayed on route and didn’t speed or text while driving and offered real-time ride tracking to parents. Drivers could also be authorized to do things most other service’s drivers would be weirded out by, like checking your kids out of afterschool activities.

News of the shutdown comes by way of an email sent to customers this afternoon, and it all certainly seems pretty sudden — they’ll cease operating at the end of tomorrow’s business day.

Shuddle is promising to pay out drivers with remaining balances within the next few days.

The company had raised around $12.2 million dollars to date, according to CrunchBase — most recently having raised $9.6 million in March of last year.

from CBS News….

New York University Stern School of Business professor Arun Sundararajan said it’s one of the top examples of today’s new sharing economy but still comes with risks.

“Because of the fact that Uber’s brand and Lyft’s brand have emerged very rapidly and have sort of taken on the sheen of, you know, ‘This is a big company; I can trust this company,'” Sundararajan said.

But he urged caution.

“Until we understand what the risks associated with this are, and that can only come with time. I would be cautious about engaging in behaviors like sending kids alone in an Uber or Lyft,” he said.

Uber conducts background checks and screens drivers, but it also clearly states it has no liability if something goes wrong — that’s between the passenger and driver.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/uber-lyft-rideshare-service-used-families-navigate-busy-schedule/

From INC. magazine online…

Is Uber Really More Dangerous Than Taxis?
Are the sexual assault allegations about Uber the problem of a company or an industry?

http://www.inc.com/erik-sherman/is-uber-really-more-dangerous-than-taxis.html