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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ridesharing Drivers Must Stay Active or Risk Deactivation

Ridesharing technology is a fickle business. It is constantly changing, so getting on the road and using the software often will keep drivers in the loop. What if drivers disappear from ride platforms?

Ridesharing may be viewed as a part-time and/or full-time gig. How much one drives is based on their preference. Uber gives their drivers the freedom to drive whenever, wherever. Uber expects their drivers to take at least 1 trip per month to stay active. If drivers leave for extended periods of time, they may likely get wait-listed and/or deactivated from Uber.

A few years ago, Lyft drivers were required to stay within their city zone. All drivers signed-up for hours via the Lyft app, which the Pink mustache capped at 10 hours per day and 70 hours per week. Lyft driving policies changed since then, but the concept of keeping enough drivers on the road and not over saturating specific regions allow drivers to get consistent ride requests. If Lyft drivers don't drive, they may face future deactivation.

Why deactivate drivers? Ridesharing platforms must service their daily customers. There are many drivers waiting to drive; therefore, this creates new opportunities to meet people and make consistent money via fares. However, existing drivers could experience unexpected setbacks to keep them off the road.

The cost to operate represents a block to drivers who use one vehicle. Expensive repairs can cause drivers to miss a lot of work, dealing them a tough hand to stay in the rideshare game. Expensive repairs and maintenance challenges are a cancer plaguing ridesharing drivers. Without an operable vehicle, driver deactivation is inevitable. In case of unforeseen repairs and setbacks, it is highly recommended to activate a minimum of two vehicles on a driver account.

The health of drivers can impact ridesharing. Constant sitting is a recipe for serious heath complications. Neck, back and wrist pain can interfere with rideshare driving. Lacking mobility, focusing on the road, poor posture, and steering vehicles can tighten muscles and limit range of motion. Given the time drivers spend on the road driving, they may delay drinking liquids, using the restroom and stretching out to keep blood flowing.

Performing sitting jobs for many years may potentially cause workers to develop medical conditions. Following health complications brought on by ridesharing, drivers could miss many months and may eventually get deactivated. It really depends on ridesharing company policies geared toward health issues, injuries and required time off to heal.

No ridesharing driver is an employee of Uber and Lyft. These ride companies are careful with verifying employment because they don't want to be on the hook for employee benefits. Despite conforming to rules and regulations set forth via TNC and ridesharing companies, independent contractors rely on rideshare platforms on a freelance basis to make income. That is it! Drivers are independent contractors; nothing less and nothing more.

The best way to stay active on ridesharing platforms is to complete at least one trip per calendar month. Drivers who don't go online for many months risk deactivation. Don't wait to drive.

On the Uber ride platform, drivers must complete 1 trip per month to remain active.

We're unsure of Lyft policies, but missing long periods of time could result in deactivation. Check with Lyft for details on driving requirements.

Maintaining a good vehicle and good health will allow drivers to remain active on ridesharing platforms. Passive drivers who miss months of driving could lose access to driving privileges.