Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Worth a ticket to continue ridesharing?

Ridesharing is in the political spotlight right now. With California state legislatures deciding the fate of ride app maker's insurance coverage, drivers must face whether getting a ticket is suffice to make pocket change transporting people in their personal vehicles. Is paying citations and fines a sacrifice worth taking to keep operable as a ridesharing driver? This ticket debate is relevant in ridesharing because drivers are incapable to afford such fines.

Getting issued a ticket for illegally operating in unapproved cities is a deep concern. Several of these tickets may exceed $500, and the cost to afford those tickets may resonate with drivers. We've heard that ride app companies are paying citations for drivers issued tickers. It is probably cheaper to pay fines and ride out the wave than to enter the courtroom to fight local policies. 

Receiving a ticket is disturbing if such incidents involve a passenger waiting at a bus zone and taking too long to decide their directions. Ridesharing drivers must call the shots to prevent avoidable fines. In such cases, passengers put their ridesharing drivers at risk. 

It is unfair for drivers to receive fines due to rider negligence, especially if these passengers refuse to use their seatbelts, drink open containers of alcohol, jump around out of control and try to hang out a back window and attempt to jam pack a vehicle. Ridesharing can either provide reliable income or create financial setbacks. Needless to say, riders control the fate of a driver in their ratings and feedback. Furthermore, the actions of riders can jeopardize ridesharing drivers. 

To avoid common citations, let it be known that you don't do certain pickups. Send a text to request riders to move closer to a safer pickup location. Riders make it a habit to request pickups on Market Street in San Francisco. Ridesharing drivers already know this; there are no designated areas to perform successful pickups on Market Street. Making left turns on this vital street are prohibited. 

Using cross-streets could alleviate stressful pickups during the daytime where citation officers are out in droves, scouring the city and residential streets to score their next illegal parking ticket. Driving past a rider who is standing at a bus stop and double-parking in a better location can avoid citations. 

Ridesharing is not worth the financial trouble. Drivers are not paid enough to endure fines. Make adjustments to reduce citations. If riders question you for passing them up, inform them that citation patrol officers will issue a ticket stopping at this location. Don't fear bad ratings and poor feedback for protecting yourself from spending additional money. The primary goal is to make money safely. 

Happy ridesharing!