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Which Company is Best To Work At? Uber, Lyft or Sidecar?

Updated on August 28, 2014

What is a Rideshare Program?

A Rideshare Program is an online program where both passengers and drivers can arrange rides through an app. Drivers have the flexibility to set their own schedule and can choose when or when not to drive. Since you are working independently each company should send you a 1099 form and you should file your taxes as an individual and not as a business. With each company there are requirements and possibly a hiring process that you have to go through before getting hired. After getting hired there are certain factors that will affect how much a driver will get paid such as location, make and year of car, ratings and so on and so forth.

The are different companies to choose from in which you can be employed at, but here is some comparisons of some popular rideshare programs:

via Uber
via Uber

Uber

Requirements:

  • Minimum age limit is 21 years old
  • A car that's four door and must abide by your city's requirements of how old it can be.
  • A valid driver's license
  • You need to carry your liability insurance, optional collision insurance for when there's damage to your car, and personal health insurance
  • Background Check goes back seven years for some violaions
  • DMV Check goes back seven years

Cost and Payment:

  • Sign up is free.
  • Fares - 5% to 20% of your fares are deducted
  • $10 deducted weekly to cover the phone the company sends you

Payment:

  • The payment is direct deposited and you are paid weekly

Flexibility:

  • Flexible driving hours
  • As a driver if you get a 4.7 rating or below from a passenger you're in danger of not working with Uber

Time it takes to get hired:

  • After applying you will be contacted within 1 business day
  • Driver's orientation process will take a couple of days

Cost and Payment:

  • Sign Up is Free
  • Get 80% of passenger's fares
  • Money is Direct Deposited
  • Weekly Payments

Flexibility:

  • Flexible driving hours
  • Good news is that if you rate a passenger 3 stars or below you won't ever drive that passenger again. Bad news is that if the passenger rates you below 4.6 out of 5.0 stars you risk not working with Lyft ever again.

Lyft

Requirements:

  • Minimum age limit is 21 years of age
  • Valid driver's license for over one year
  • Personal Auto Insurance that meets state regulations
  • The car you own has to be year 2000 or newer and has to pass a 19-point vehicle inspection from the company.

Approval Process:

  • Background Check
  • DMV Record Check
  • Must Pass Phone Screening
  • You will need your own iPhone or Android phone
  • Interview in person



via Lyft
via Lyft

Referrals:

  • You're assigned a code to give out to potential customers. You can give them a referral card with your code on it. If you run out of cards, you can request for 250 more cards on the site or print them from a pdf file: Print Referral Cards
  • When you refer someone and they become a first time passenger with Lyft tell them to put your referral code in the Payments Section on their app.
  • Your referral gets their first ride free if it's valued no more than $25.
  • For each referral you get $10. And every once in a while there will be promos and contests that will change the bonus you will get from referring new people


via Sidecar
via Sidecar

Sidecar

Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • A registered vehicle with insurance
  • You have to have a 2 or 4-door car in "great condition" 2000 or newer
  • You need your own Smartphone. You sign into the website with your phone number and they will send you a link to download the app
  • If you are driving in California, you have to have a California driver's license
  • A valid driver's license for more than a year

Approval Process:

  • Background Checks
  • Document Verification - Driver's Registration, License and Insurance
  • Interview
  • Training

Payment:

  • Sign up free
  • Keep 100% of Payments from passengers that you personally refer
  • Set your own price based on ride demand and the quality of service you offer through Marketplace*
  • Lets you decide whether to increase or decrease the price.

*The app Marketplace decides your price range based on quality of vehicle, amenities like providing snacks and beverages and the bumper sticker feature on your app that gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. When you advertise yourself you can put a photo and a description of yourself and maybe mention the make of the car and what amenities you have, etc which you can use to increase your price.

Referrals:

  • You get a Personal Promo code to track your referrals and share them online to get referrals.
  • You become a Top Recommended driver for every time your referral requests a ride

Flexibility:

  • Riders choose the driver, but the driver can filter out which passengers he or she wants in a certain vicinity.
  • Request Radius Filter - If the driver only wants requests nearby
  • Drop-Off Filter - The driver can filter out which rides he or she wants en route
  • Minimum Price Filter - If you only want to see long-distance rides or you can filter out the rides that are below the amount of money you want to charge. The app will tell you the average price that drivers are charging in your area so you may want to adjust your prices around that too.
  • You can move up in the recommended list if you have a high acceptance rate, awesomeness rate or favored


Comparison of Insurance Coverages For Each Rideshare Program

 
 
 
 
 
Rideshare Program
Insurance policy(1)* (effective when on the job)
Insurance Policy (2)* (effective when on the job)
Insurance Policy (3)* (effective when the job is done)
Insurance Policy(4)* (effective when on the job)
Uber
Company provides up to $1 million per occurrence. If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured the policy covers bodily injury for the other driver caused by you whether or not you are at fault
Company provides up to $50,000 of contingent comprehensive and collision insurance for damage of your car during a trip with passenger(s) in car
Provide your own comprehensive and collision insurance and the company will provide up to $50,000 with $1,000 deductible for damage of your car during a trip with passenger(s) in car
Company provides up to $1 million per occurrence when you are not driving a passenger, but you are in between getting passengers
Lyft
Company provides up to $1 million per occurrence. If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured the policy covers bodily injury for who is at fault
Company provides up to $50,000 of contingent liability insurance per person. Company provides up to $100,000 of contingent liability per accident. Company provides up to $25,000 physical damage for driver liability for bodily injury and property damage of passengers or third parties
Provide your own comprehensive and collision insurance and the company will provide up to $50,000 with $2,500 deductible for damage of your car during a trip with passenger(s) in car
Company provides up to $1 million per occurrence when you are not driving a passenger, but you are in between getting passengers
Sidecar
Company provides up to $1 million for each incident liability insurance policy which covers property damage and bodily injury
X
Company provides up to $50,000 collision insurance coverage
X
Uber and Lyft Insurance Policy(1)* - Policy is for personal injury and property damage of passenger caused by driver and the insurance also covers third parties like property damage, other cars involved in incident, and pedestrians

Note:

List of Countries/Cities having legal issues with rideshare companies:

*Columbus, Ohio - sometime in September 2014 regulations will be passed for ridesharing

*New York (Statewide) - Black cab lawsuit

*If you live in California, no DUIs in the last 10 years

*California - lawsuit with the California Public Utilities Commission (Against operating ridesharing at airports)

*Boston - accused of exploiting drivers

*Berlin - Berlin Administrative Court suspends ban on Uber. The ban was because they suspected that the drivers were not properly licensed

*Belgium - fining Uber approximately $13,000 for every ride they offer

*France - protests

*Germany - temporary ban on Uber suspecting drivers of not being properly licensed

*They are far more legal issues than this be sure to check out what legal issues may be in your city or country.






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